Prof. Ray Eve
Office Hours: 4-5 MW and
Phone: 272-3764 or
273-2661 (Main Soci. Office)
Friedman, Thomas. The Lexus and the Olive Tree. Anchor Books.
2000. (Note, I think there is a revised version of this book,
but if at all possible, please try to get a copy of the original
as published in 2000).
Steger, Manfred. Globalization: A Very Short Introduction.
Oxford University Press.
There will be almost weekly readings that are obtained
either as hand-outs in class, or free online. There will
probably be roughly two such weekly readings (and typically
of journal article length).
3. Introduction to the topic
Globalization is a wide-ranging and controversial topic at this point
in time. Not the least of such controversies concerns a host of different
arguments about how the term should be defined. Among these arguments over
definition we find considerable criticism in recent years that most definitions of globalization treat the term in purely economic terms. However, an
increasing body of literature (especially in sociology) argues that such an
approach is too narrow in scope. Consequently, this course will take a
broader view and often ask about the impacts of globalization on the other
main institutions of society (such as the family, the workplace, the military,
religious conflict, etc). Also we will look arguments that globalization is
not a new phenomenon and has occurred at other points in the past.
Students attending regularly and otherwise showing motivation will receive more consideration than will those attending seldom. Chronic absenteeism (5 or more unexcused absences) will be grounds for failing the course at the Professor's discretion.
5. Grading Practices
Your grade will be based on mid-term and final examinations and a
term paper, plus an in-class presentation (ordinarily based on the same material as the term paper).
Mid-term = 25%
Final Exam =25%
Term Paper = 25%
In-class presentations = 25%
Reasons for excusal from an exam must be very serious, and should be checked in advance whenever possible with the professor.
7. Late Assignment
IMPORTANT: Any assignments which are turned in late will have their scores reduced by 5% each day they are late unless the student has shown serious reasons for the delay to the Professor. Preferably such reasons
Should be discussed in advance whenever the situation allows for this course of action.
IMPORTANT: Anyone not appearing on the night they are scheduled to give
an in-class presentation will receive a drop of one letter grade in their
overall course grade! (This, of course, assumes the students is unable to produce a viable excuse for such an absence).
during the first week of class so arrangements can be made to accommodate their situation.
9. Dropping the Course
The Professor will not automatically drop a student. It is the
10. Academic Honesty