Globalization: Social & Geographic Perspectives

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Attention: Time is Running Out for Blog Postings!

March 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Just a reminder: FIVE blog postings (and TEN comments) are required.  That means you must post on upcoming material five different weeks (by the Tuesday of the relevant week, unless otherwise specified) — and there aren’t many weeks left. Also, if you want a score and credit for your blog post, the title of the […]

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Eligible material for Tuesday blog posting deadline

March 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Just a reminder, you may blog about any two or more of the following items: 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,” […]

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Benjamin Barber: Scholar for dollars? – Foreign Policy

March 9th, 2011 · No Comments

Over the last couple of weeks there’s been increasing attention to the lavish support for research on “civil society” and democracy furnished by none other than Libya’s Gadaffi clan.  As it turns out, Benjamin Barber is among the scholars receiving substantial funding from the Gadaffi family — and unlike many others, he’s not apologetic.  Below […]

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Midterm review sheet

March 8th, 2011 · No Comments

Here’s the midterm review sheet. SOC 279 Midterm Review Sheet – Spring 2011 It’s also posted in Handouts/Resources.

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Last chance to post before midterm!

March 5th, 2011 · No Comments

Below is the last set of eligible content for blog postings before the March 15th midterm (Ch. 18 is included, since we didn’t get very far into it yet).  Posts should address at least two items.  Especially if you haven’t already, I suggest posting for 3/8 deadline — the exercise can help you prepare for […]

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Assignment 1 – Rubric & References (adding links)

March 5th, 2011 · No Comments

Assignment # 1: grading rubric: Essays will be graded on the basis of content, writing, and formal requirements. Scores will be assigned for each subcomponent below, where: 1 = poor / 2 = needs work / 3 = good / 4 = excellent Content: How well does essay address the following? Geographic move: Change in […]

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Revised pre-midterm schedule

March 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

Below is the schedule/content leading up to the March 15th midterm.  I decided to take out a reading (Stiglitz, Ch. 24) and push it forward.  That leaves us with extra time to go over the material.  Since that Hannerz was a handful, I want to review the key ideas and (competently) present some examples next […]

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Eligible content for 3/1 blogs

February 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Choose at least two items from the list below.  I advise covering at least one text from the course reader (i.e., Ch. 12, 17, or 18), so that you have some analytical framework/concepts to apply to any cases (examples) you might discuss. Ch. 12, “The Global Ecumene,” (Ulf Hannerz) pp. 105-115. Ch. 17, “Strategic Inauthenticity,” […]

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Interview w/Chrystia Freeland on ‘The Rise of the New Global Elite’

February 25th, 2011 · No Comments

Video here: “Tracking the New Super-Elite,” GritTV, 1/7/2011.

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Following up on Labor & the TCC…

February 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

I will post slides on this and “The Rise of the Global Elite” shortly. Collective bargaining: A collective agreement functions as a labor contract between an employer and one or more unions.  Collective bargaining consists of the process of negotiation between representatives of a union and employers in respect of the terms and conditions of […]

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Eligible content for 2/22 blogs

February 20th, 2011 · No Comments

We’re a bit behind schedule.  Next class, we’ll focus on Ch. 7, “Sociology of the Global System” and the recent article, “The Rise of the New Global Elite” (PDF via link below).  So that means you have a lot of options for blog post subjects.  Remember, you need to address at least two items from […]

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The Plot to Take Down WikiLeaks

February 17th, 2011 · No Comments

This piece from Wired (link below) is one of the more entertaining accounts of this developing story (it’s also been covered in the major papers, NYT, Washington Post, LA Times).  As  I mentioned in class, a collection of hacked emails indicates three private security firms created proposals for both the US Chamber of Commerce and […]

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Put on your data analyst hats! Earn credit for a blog post.

February 15th, 2011 · No Comments

“What are we?” In what terms did we identify ourselves? Or is Huntington’s question a bad question? An outdated question? Below is a quick and dirty grouping of our answers to the question “What are you?” in today’s class. I copied everyone’s answers below, keeping your original punctuation and capitalization. Responses with asterisks (*) could […]

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Content for Feb. 15 blog postings

February 11th, 2011 · No Comments

Below is the list of items you may blog about for the next round (due by 2/15).  Your posts should address at least two items. As you read Barber and Huntington, think about how Egypt’s uprising/revolution(?) fits into their respective paradigms.  Where do pro-democracy protesters fit in the struggle between “McWorld” and “Jihd.”  Does this […]

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A Pessimistic Take on Multiculturalism in London, the UK

February 8th, 2011 · No Comments

Here’s a report on the recent speech by UK Prime Minister that I mentioned in class.  I’m posting it not only because it follows up on the discussion in Ch. 1, “Liberty Renewed,” but also because Cameron’s concerns about the threat that “un-assimilated” ethnic minorities pose to British national identity echos Samuel Huntington’s concerns about […]

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