• All required material is from the Lechner and Boli reader unless marked with an asterisk (*), in which case it’s accessible here.
  • Required material is multimedia – text, video, and audio – some of which is downloadable (e.g., text PDFs or audio MP3s) and some of which is accessible via internet links (e.g., websites and audio/video streams).
  • Students are not required to read/listen to/view items marked recommended outside of class; however, students ARE responsible for excerpts presented in class (noted in the schedule below).
    • Also, items marked recommended may serve as subjects for Blog Postings
  • **Check back to this schedule regularly as the semester moves along, as it’s subject to revision**

February 1 – Defining Globalization

General Introduction, pp. 1-5.

February 3 – Debating Globalization

Introduction, pp. 9-10.

Ch. 1, “The Hidden Promise: Liberty Renewed,” (Micklethwait and Wooldridge) pp. 11-18.

* “Manifesto of the Communist Party,” (Karl Marx and Frederick Engels) 1848 [excerpt — read the highlighted portions on pp. 3-8]

February 8

Ch. 2, “How to Judge Globalism,” (Amartya Sen) pp. 19-24.

February 10

Ch. 3, “From the Great Transformation to the Global Free Market,” (John Gray) pp. 25-31.

* Video: “Commanding Heights: The Role of the Global Economy” (2002), Episode 2, “The Agony of Reform,” [excerpts, in-class].

February 15

Ch. 4, “Jihad vs. McWorld,” (Benjamin Barber) pp. 32-38.

Ch. 5, “The Clash of Civilizations,” (Samuel P. Huntington) pp. 39-46.

Recommended (video): Benjamin Barber: “McWorld in Flames; Who Takes Charge in Egypt?, GritTV, 2/3/2011. (11 min)

February 17

Ch. 7, “Sociology of the Global System,” (Leslie Sklair) pp. 62-69.

Recommended (audio-stream): “P.K. 14,” Global Hit, PRI’s The World, 9/08/2010. (Click on “Play” icon on top for radio story; play youtube clip for video of recent live performance in Brooklyn, Power House Arena, 11/9/2009). [excerpt, in-class]

Recommended (video): “Lee Fang & Michael Whitney: Conspiracy Tactics from the Chamber,” GritTV, 2/16/2011. (13 min)

February 22

* “The Rise of the New Global Elite,” (Chrystia Freeland) The Atlantic, Jan/Feb 2011.

Recommended (text): “When Democracy Weakens,” (Bob Herbert) New York Times, 2/11/2011.

Recommended (video): “Tracking the New Super-Elite,” (interview w/Chrystia Freeland) GritTV, 1/7/2011.

February 24 – Cultural Globalization

Introduction, pp. 119-120.

Ch. 13, “How Sushi Went Global,” (Theodore C. Bestor) pp. 121-125.

Ch. 14, “McDonald’s in Hong Kong,” (James L. Watson) pp. 126-134.

Recommended (video): “Would you like a wife with that? McDonald’s offers weddings,” CNN International, 10/12/2010. Hong Kong becomes the first place in the world to have McDonald’s wedding packages.

March 1

Ch. 12, “The Global Ecumene,” (Ulf Hannerz) pp. 105-115.

Ch. 17, “Strategic Inauthenticity,” (Timothy D. Taylor) pp.  151-155.

* Videos:Yegelle Tezeta,” Mulatu Astatke ( 1974) and  “As We Enter,” Nas & Damian Marley (2010)

Other recent examples of creolization:

Video – #Jan25 Egypt – Omar Offendum, The Narcicyst, Freeway, Ayah, Amir Sulaiman (Prod. by Sami Matar)

Audio – “Heavy Metal Rocks in the Muslim World,” (Ashley Grashaw) Talk of the Nation, NPR, 7/10/2008.

Assignment #1 distributed and discussed (“Creolization” essay, 375 – 500 words, to be posted on blog)

March 3 – Economic Globalization

Introduction, pp. 159-162.

Ch. 18, “Commodity Chains and Marketing Strategies: Nike and the Global Athletic Footwear Industry,” (Miguel Korzeniewicz) pp. 163-172.

Recommended (audio-stream): “The World in a T-Shirt,” Special Series, All Things Considered, NPR, 4/28/2005.

March 8

Ch. 20, “Incensed about Inequality,” (Martin Wolf) pp. 183-189.

* Video: “Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of Stats,” BBC Four, 11/26/2010. [in-class]

Recommended (video): “Hans Rosling: No More Boring Data,” TEDTalks, February 2006. (21 min)

March 10

Ch. 21, “Is Globalization Reducing Poverty and Inequality?,” (Robert H. Wade) pp. 183-189.

Recommended (video): “Joseph Stiglitz – Problems with GDP as an Economic Barometer,” Asia Society, 2/5/2008.

March 15 – Midterm exam

March 17

Ch. 24, “Globalism’s Discontents,” (Joseph E. Stiglitz) pp. 208-215.

* Video: “Commanding Heights: The Role of the Global Economy” (2002), Episode 3: “The New Rules of the Game.” [excerpt, in-class]

Recommended (audio-mp3): “Why U.S. Taxpayers Are Paying Brazilian Cotton Growers,” Chana Joffe-Walt, Planet Money, NPR, 11/9/2010. (13 min)

March 22 – Case study: The Global Financial Crisis of 2008

Freefall: Free Markets and the Sinking of the Global Economy, Stiglitz, J., 2010, excerpt (4 pp).

“The Global Pool of Money,” All Things Considered, NPR, 5/9/2008 [in-class]

Recommended (audio-stream): “The Giant Pool of Money,” This American Life, 5/9/2008. This is the original, longer radio documentary on the US housing crisis and global financial crisis.

Recommended (video): “Fear the Boom and Bust – A Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem,” Planet Money, NPR, 1/25/2010.

March 24

Introduction, pp. 219-222.

Ch. 28, “Has Globalization Gone Too Far?,” (Dani Rodrik) pp.  241-246.

Video: “Inside Job”  (Charles Ferguson, Director) 2010. [excerpts, in-class]

Recommended (film review, w/links to trailer & clips): “Inside Job” (2010),  Movie Review, NYT, 10/7/1010.

Recommended (video): “Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?” (interview with Matt Taibbi), Democracy Now!, 2/22/2011.

March 29 – Political Globalization: The Demise of the Nation-State?

Ch. 26, “The Declining Authority of States,” (Susan Strange) pp. 228-334.

Recommended (video): “Political Borders of Europe 1519 – 2006,” The House of Green, YouTube, 6/11/2007. (1:21)

Recommended (video): “Paul Mason on Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed,” RSA. (35 min)

Recommended (video): “Activist Naomi Klein on her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” (interview), CTV. (27 min)

March 31 – Political Globalization: Organized Crime

Ch. 27, “Global Organized Crime,” (James H. Mittelman) pp. 235-240.

* Audio (mp3): “Charles Bowden Chronicles the “Murder City”: Juarez, Mexico,” interview w/ journalist Charles Bowden, author of Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields, The Takeaway, NPR, 3/23/2010. (8 min)

* Recommended (text): “War Making and State-Making as Organized Crime,” Tilly, C. in Bringing the State Back In, Evans, P. B., Rueschemeyer, D. and Skocpol, T., 1985.

* Recommended (video): “Drug Growers – Pakistan,” ABC Australia (Producer). UK: Journeyman Pictures, 2011. (14 min)  “Growing hasish and opium is part of the culture of Pashtun tribes in northern Pakistan. Many depend on it for their livelihoods. Armed resistance is their only way to fight their governments ‘Holy War’ on drugs. With weapons like the AK47 freely available in Darra (the arms capital of North West Pakistan) neither side will back down.”

April 5 – Political Globalization: Gender, Race, and Citizenship

Fight Back USA: National Teach-in on Austerity, Debt, Corporate Greed. 2pm, APRIL 5TH, 2011.  Hosted by. Frances Fox Piven & Cornel West. [live-stream, in-class]

* “Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy,” Ehrenreich, B. and Hochschild, A.R., in Beyond Borders: Thinking Critically About Global Issues, Rothenberg, P., Ed., 2009.

Recommended (audio-mp3): “The Wealth Gap,” (interview, Mariko Chang, Insight) Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC, NPR, 3/24/2010.

April 7 (and 12) – Political Globalization: Reorganizing the World

Ch. 34, “Power Shift,” (Jessica T. Mathews) pp. 287-293.

* Audio-mp3: “Following Up: Haiti Recovery Economics,” Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC/NPR, 04/02/2010. [excerpt, in-class]

Recommended (video): “Activist Naomi Klein on her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” (interview), CTV. (27 min)

Recommended: Ch. 35, “The Backlash against NGOs,” (Michael Bond) pp. 294-299.

April 14 – Cultural Globalization: The Role of Media

Ch. 36, “Media and Sovereignty: The Global Information Revolution and Its Challenge to State Power,” (Monroe E. Price) pp. 306-310.

* Video: “Social Networks, Social Revolution,” Empire, Al Jazeera English, 2/17/2011 [excerpts, in-class]

[added 4/10]: Recommended (video): Glenn Greenwald Discusses Wikileaks at National Conference on Media Reform, 4/8/2011. (Start at 55: 45 – End at 1:13:00) (18 min)

Recommended (video): “Inside WikiLeaks,” Journeyman Pictures, 2010. (24 min)

Recommended (websites):

  • Creative Commons:  CC is a nonprofit organization that works to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.
  • Free Culture:
  • Copyright Criminals/Independent Lens:  “Copyright Criminals,” a documentary on the use of musical sampling, asks “Can you own a sound?” and considers the past and – inevitably global— future directions of “remix” culture. Click CLASSROOM tab to view video clips.

Assignment #2 discussed/posted (3-5-paragraph report on a recent issue involving media and sovereignty)


April 28 – Case study: Latino Immigration and American National Identity

* “The Hispanic Challenge,” Foreign Policy, Huntington, S., March/April 2004.

Recommended (text): “The Hispanic Challenge? What We Know About Latino Immigration,” Strum and Selle, Eds., Proceedings of a Conference held on March 29, 2004, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and The Migration Policy Institute.

Recommended (audio-mp3): “The ABCs of Chinese Americans,” Helen Peng, Radio Rookies, WNYC, 10/18/2010. (10 min)

Recommended (video): “Border Wars – Libya,” Journeyman Pictures, 2010 (13 min)

Recommended (audio-stream): “Global Migration and Arrival Cities,” On Point, WBUR, 3/23/2011. (50 min)

May 3 – Cultural Globalization: The Role of Religions

Introduction, pp. 345-347.

Ch. 42, “Bin Laden and Other Thoroughly Modern Muslims,” (Charles Kurzman) pp. 353-357.

* “Letter Concerning Toleration,” (John Locke) 1689 [excerpt].

Recommended (audio-mp3): “Formerly Banned Muslim Scholar Tours U.S.,” NPR, 4/29/2010 (interview w/ Tariq Ramadan). (8 min) [in-class]

Recommended (audio-slideshow): “The Iranian revolution: 30 years on, its legacy still looms large,” The Guardian.

May 5

Ch. 45, “Obedience vs. Autonomy: Women and Fundamentalism in Iran and Pakistan,” (Shahla Haeri) pp. 370-378.

Recommended (video): “France Face Veil Ban Provokes Heated Debate,” (panel discussion featuring author Sam Harris, Professor Tariq Ramadan, and columnist Mona Eltahawy) BBC Newsnight, 4/11/11. (10 min)

Recommended (audio-stream): “Inside American Islam,” On Point, NPR, 9/14/2010. Top Islam expert Akbar Ahmed just visited one hundred mosques in America. This is his report. (46 min)

Recommended (video): “Mother of the Revolution,” (interview w/Nawal el-Saadawi, Egyptian novelist, human rights activist, and radical feminist) Riz Khan, Al Jazeera English, February, 2011. (25 min)

Recommended (video): Interview with Malalai Joya, former Afghan member of parliament, antiwar campaigner, Democracy Now!, 3/28/2011. (13 min)

May 10

Ch. 46, “The Christian Revolution,” (Jenkins), pp. 379-386.

Recommended (audio-mp3): “In Israel, When a Jew is Not Jewish Enough,” Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, All Things Considered, NPR, 11/10/2010. (5 min)

Recommended (video): “Revolution in Cairo,” PBS Frontline, March 2011. (24:56)

May 12 – Resisting Globalization: Critique and Action

Introduction, pp. 441-443.

Paul Mason on global youth protest, “Towards a Politics of Solidarity,” Opening Plenary, Left Forum, 3/18/2011.

“Dubstep Rebellion – The British Banlieue Comes to Millbank,” (Paul Mason) BBC Newsnight, 12/9/1010.

Recommended: Ch. 54, “Counterhegemonic Globalization: Transnational Social Movements in the Contemporary Political Economy,” (Peter Evans) pp. 444-450.

Recommended (video): “Deleuze’s Postscript on Societies of Control,” Liquid Theory TV, 2010.

May 17

* Interview with Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine, (“The Persuaders,” Frontline, 2004)

* “Meet the Yes Men, the Political Satirists Who Punked GE,” (Tina Dupuy) The Atlantic, 4/22/11.

Recommended: “Chevron’s $50 Million Ad Campaign Gets Crushed,” (The Yes Men) Yes Lab.  Read story and check out links. and “The Yes Men Fix the World” (2009) – 1) Play trailer 2) Read story (click “Story” in header)

Recommended: “France Will Not Repay Haiti Reparations,” The Lede Blog, New York Times, 7/15/2010. The Canadian-based group, Committee for the Reimbursement of the Indemnity Money Extorted from Haiti (C.R.I.M.E.), carries out a Yes Men-style prank on the French Foreign Ministry.

Recommended (video): “Is WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange a Hero? Glenn Greenwald Debates Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News,” Democracy Now, 12/3/2010 (31 min)

Recommended (audio-stream): “Naomi Klein’s Critical Art,” On Point, NPR, 5/3/2010. Writer Naomi Klein talks about corporate marketing 10 years after No Logo, and politics in the age of “brand” Obama. (45 min)

Course wrap-up.  Students are invited to post questions to the course blog in advance.

TBA (May 19 – May 27): Final exam (in class)

Is WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange a Hero? Glenn Greenwald Debates Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News

#Jan25 Egypt – Omar Offendum, The Narcicyst, Freeway, Ayah, Amir Sulaiman (Prod. by Sami Matar)

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