Globalization: Social & Geographic Perspectives

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Reminder: 1st Blog posting deadline moved to Thursday, Feb. 10th

February 6th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Happy New Year of the Rabbit! Next class (Tues, 2/8), I’ll do an in-class demo on the blog (how to navigate and post).  See instructions on how to sign up and add yourself as an author in the previous post (below). Blog postings should address two (or more) items from the list below: February 3 […]

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Blog!

February 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Instructions for adding yourself as an author (so you’re able to post) on the course blog: Step 1 – Set up an account (or log in) at http://qwriting.qc.cuny.edu • Click log in/sign up. If this is your first time at the site, follow the “Sign Up” link and use your QC/CAMS email and password information. […]

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Speaking of “Counterhegemonic Globalization”…

December 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Yesterday we talked about the prospects for transnational labor, women’s, and environmental movements, but it appears that right now the most formidable form of counterhegemonic globalization is taking place online: “The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops.” That’s how co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, […]

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Grades, Extra Credit, Final Exam Review Session(?)

November 28th, 2010 · 3 Comments

As we enter the home stretch of the semester, here’s a reminder of how your final grades are calculated: Midterm=35% / Final=35% / Participation=30% Participation grades have three components: 1) Take-home Assignments, 2) Memos & Comments, and 3) In-class assignments (currently five in total) and contributions to class discussion. Although my usual policy is to […]

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Review Sheet Up & Nov. 30th Course Material

November 26th, 2010 · No Comments

The final exam review sheet is now posted in Handouts/Resources. Below is the course material eligible for Nov. 30th memos (Note the items originally scheduled for last week): November 30 – Cultural Globalization: The Role of Religions (cont’d) Audio (stream): “Inside American Islam,” On Point, NPR, 9/14/2010. Top Islam expert Akbar Ahmed just visited one […]

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Definitely modern – AQAP propaganda

November 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

“In Pictures, Third Issue of ‘Inspire’ Magazine from Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Released; Focuses on UPS Printer Bomb Plot” “Views from the Occident” blog has links to the recent issue of AQAP’s online magazine, “Inspire,” where the UPS printer bomb plot is lauded as a great success.

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Course material for November 23rd memos

November 21st, 2010 · No Comments

If you haven’t posted your reading response memos yet, time is running out!  There are exactly four more opportunities: Nov 23, Nov 30, Dec 2, and Dec 9th.  For the upcoming deadline, you have the following options.  Remember, you must address *at least two* different items. Ch. 42, “Bin Laden and Other Thoroughly Modern Muslims” […]

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Tags: Course Announcements · May 3/Cultural Globalization

National language policies around the world

November 16th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Following up on our discussion earlier, here’s a map showing the many officially multilingual nations in the world. Purple indicates nations with multiple official languages Green indicates nations with one official language, but functionally multilingual Blue indicates nations with no official language, functionally multilingual Wikipedia has a page describing the language policies of countries from […]

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Course material for Nov 16th memo deadline

November 12th, 2010 · No Comments

Please see below for the material eligible for memos due 11/16. Also, since our discussion about improving and better organizing the blog, you may have noticed there’s a “Course Announcements” tag on the left sidebar.  I will tag all my posts that way, so you can easily find them.  I’ve also been in touch with […]

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The Constitution and National Security: The First Amendment Under Attack

November 12th, 2010 · No Comments

Last week, the Center on Law and Security at NYU Law School held a panel that addressed tensions between civil liberties and national security in the post-9/11 US.  Panelists included constitutional law expert and Salon.com columnist Glenn Greenwald, NYU Law Professor Burt Neuborne, Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone, and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Supervisory Agent Niall Brennan.  The panel examined […]

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An alternate take on globalization: Naomi Klein on The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

November 10th, 2010 · No Comments

According to the author and activist, Naomi Klein, the spread of globalization– in its neoliberal form — has relied on “shocks,” political, economic, military crises and natural/unnatural disasters.  Klein claims that advocates of “market fundamentalism,” dating back Milton Freidman and the “Chicago Boys” (whom we encountered in the first clip from “Commanding Heights” that covered […]

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Reality Check

November 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

I’ve just updated the class schedule (and memo posting schedule) to more closely reflect reality.  That means I removed a couple readings from later in the semester and adjusted the current/upcoming readings.   Please check them and adjust your handouts/memo plans accordingly.  I’ve decided it’s better to revise the schedule (and risk some confusion) than […]

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Assignment 2 – You can also write about corporate control over media

November 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Please see below (in italics) additional options for Assignment # 2.  Again, this assignment is essentially about efforts by competing actors to influence and control media within designated territories.  To simplify, these groups are a) citizens b) states and c) corporations/TNCs.  You may write about any kind of media or information technology (TV, the internet, […]

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FYI – Eligible content for Nov. 2nd Memos

November 1st, 2010 · No Comments

Just a reminder, if you’re writing a memo for the Nov. 2nd deadline, please choose at least two of the following items: Ch. 27, “Global Organized Crime,” (Mittelman), pp. 235-240. (Since we did not get too far into it, you may post on this, if you haven’t already) * “Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in […]

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FYI – Midterm Grade Distribution

October 29th, 2010 · No Comments

SOC 279 – Midterm Grade Distribution 90 – 100 7 80 – 89 6 70 – 79 5 60 – 69 3 0 – 59 6

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