SOC222 - 2000 Years of Globalization

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Subject Title
2000 Years of Globalization

Subject Description
We often think of globalization as a modern process, but it actually has been happening for a very long time. Human societies have been absorbing global ideas, philosophies, technologies and innovations since the dawn of civilization. Modern technology has accelerated this process, but the history of globalization itself stretches back much further.

This course examines the historical relationship between Asian, African, Middle Eastern, European and American societies from the first century to the present decade, illuminating how these contacts enriched and shaped the cultural, political, social and economic development of global societies. The course explores the idea that globalization, far from a modern phenomenon, is actually rooted in the early relationship between these societies, where growing trade relationships resulted in a much wider exchange of people, ideas, technologies and cultural notions. In the last few weeks, we will also consider what the future might hold for our interconnected world in the context of demographic and economic challenges, global warming, geopolitical tensions, and increased global interconnectedness through the internet and technology in general.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the crucial turning points in the relationship between global societies by identifying, describing, and analyzing the drivers of change over this period.
2. Comprehend, infer and explain the historical legacies of the societal relationships which we encounter in the course.
3. Apply the methods, concepts and theories learned in the various cases we examine to an analysis of contemporary global political, cultural and ideological fault lines.
4. Demonstrate analytical thinking skills through a critical interrogation of a wide range of textual and media sources.
5. Produce concise and coherent written assignments, including a short essay which demonstrates the ability to identify a defined thesis question, and produce a strongly researched and written paper which clearly supports its thesis.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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