Core 102-26 Globalization
Spring 2004 Classroom: REN 053
Office: 315 AD
Office Hour: MWF , or by appointment
Office Phone: 885-7166, or 885-6253
This course studies the trends, characters, and the problems of the international phenomenon of globalization with an intention to enrich our understanding of the new world order into the 21st century. Major focus will be on the consequences, impact, as well as cost of modernization and globalization. Issues such as modernization and industrialization, cultural integration and interaction, international organizations and their functions, world system & developmental theories, environmental problems, meaning of the Pacific Rim, significance of the European Union, gap between “North & South,” immigration as a global phenomenon, human rights, and the most current issue--international terrorism--will be carefully examined. Students are strongly encouraged to raise questions, analyze issues, criticize theories, examine developmental patterns, as well as finding new trends through reading and discussion.
The course concludes with the expectation that students gain come out if it feeling accomplished and comfortable in identifying major issues for debate and discussion in other courses and social occasions.
1) McGraw Hill, Globalization, a customized book, 2004 (This is a customized textbook with the name of the instructor and the course number on the front)
new & expanded edition, 2002
1. Two examinations 100 points each
2. Response journals (6) 25 points each
3. Individual project 100
4. Attendance & Participation 50
Examinations consist of essay questions and identifications, they are not accumulative. A make-up exam can not be granted without a legitimate reason.
Response Journals should include your comments and discussions based on the reading from the articles in the McGraw Hill package, Globalization. There are two sided opinions in most of the articles and you can comment on these views and also take side to support or to attack these views. The purpose of writing the Journals intends to invite students’ response to issues under discussion in this course and create an environment for sharing your individual opinion. Of the ten articles in the McGraw Hill package, you may choose any Six to write the response journal and turn it in on the Friday (in some cases, Wed.) of that week.
Individual Project requires students to choose one non-western nation, preferably a less developed country, to create a profile to include the following elements:
--general information (size, population, government, religion, GDP, economic statistics, etc.);
--its status of modernization & industrialization;
relations especially trade, commercial, and financial relations, or even debts
situation with the industrialized nations (western European countries, the
--major changes, both positive and negative, as a result of such development in this nation;
--major problems in its global activities as a result of seeking international assistance and help;
--your finding, analysis, and comments on such a profile.
**You are welcome to discuss your choice of the country with me if you have questions regarding this assignment.
Attendance is students’ responsibility. Please be aware of that you do lose points by missing too many classes, especially when your grade stands on the border line. In case of emergency or other problems out of your control, I would appreciate you let me know about your situation either in advance or afterward.
A=500-450 B=449-400 C=399-350 D=349-300 F=299 and below
This instructor requires the entire class to follow the
Week 1, Jan. 14-16, Class begins on Wed.
Introduction to the Course
What is Globalization?
2, Jan. 21-23, No Class on
Is Globalization Good for Mankind?
Week 3, Jan. 26-28 (no class on Friday)
The East Asian Miracle
Japan vs. the world
Week 4, Feb. 2-6
International Trade and its Impact
Capitalism & U.S. Jobs
Week 5, Feb. 9-13
The North vs. South
Life & Debt
Week 6, Feb. 18-20, No Class on Monday, Presidents’ Day
Migration, Brain Drain, & Immigration Policy
Week 7, Feb. 23-27
Environment & Globalization
Week 8, Mar. 1-5
Information, Internet, & Individual Freedom
1st Examination on Monday
Week 9 Mar. 8-12
McDonald’s, Kentucky Chicken, & …
How Fast Food Won the World?
Week 10, Mar. 15-19, SPRING RECESS, NO CLASS
Week 11, Mar. 22-26
Week 12, Mar. 29-Apr. 2
Week 13, Apr. 5-9
UN, NATO, WTO, IMF, WBG, etc.
Week 14, Apr. 12-16
Democracy, Choice or Destination?
Week 15, Apr. 19-23
Human Rights in Perspective
**Individual Project Due on Friday
Week 16, Apr. 26-30
LeFeber, chpt. 7
Week 17, May 3-7
Major Problems in Globalization
2nd Examination on Friday
**The above course schedule is subject to changes by the instructor.