Schedule of Sessions & Readings

Session Topics:

  1. A New World Order: The “End of History” and the “Clash of Civilizations”
  2. Conceptualizing Globalization
  3. “Cultural Globalization,” Consciousness, and the Mass Media
  4. McWorldization, Disneyization, and Americanization
  5. Globalization and the World-System
  6. American Empire or the Transnational Capitalist Class?
  7. Globalization Theory in Anthropology
  8. Globalization and Ethnographic Research Methods
  9. Neoliberalism as Globalization, Part I
  10. Neoliberalism as Globalization, Part II
  11. Neoliberalism as Globalization, Part III

Session 1: A New World Order: The “End of History” and the “Clash of Civilizations”

Friday, January 13, Part 1
Lecture Presentation: A New World Order (part 1 of 2)
Reading Review Questions

Required Readings:

  1. Jan. 13: Thomas Hylland Eriksen, “Introduction
  2. Jan. 13: Francis Fukuyama, “The End of History

Other resources:
George H.W. Bush, Sept. 11, 1990, New World Order speech (video)
Text: http://millercenter.org/president/bush/speeches/speech-3425


Friday, January 20, Part 2
Lecture Presentation: A New World Order (part 2 of 2)
Reading Review Questions

Required Readings:

  1. Jan. 20: David Harvey, “Introduction” (pp. 1-4 in the course text: click here if you do not yet have a copy of the book)
  2. Jan. 20: Samuel Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations?
  3. Jan. 20: Stanley Hoffmann, “Clash of Globalizations

Optional Extra Reading:


Sunday, January 22, 2017

  • Last day to add winter-term courses.
  • Deadline for withdrawal with tuition refund from winter-term courses.

Session 2: Conceptualizing Globalization

Friday, January 27
Lecture Presentation: The Ramifications of Globalization
Reading Review Questions

Required Readings:

  1. David Held, Anthony McGrew, David Goldblatt and Jonathan Perraton, “Globalization
  2. Marco Caselli, “Globalization: In Search of Definition of a Controversial Concept” (or this link for the HTML version)
  3. Axel Dreher, Noel Gaston, Pim Martens, “Towards an Understanding of the Concept of Globalisation” (or this link for the HTML version)

Session 3: “Cultural Globalization,” Consciousness, and the Mass Media

Friday, February 3
Lecture Presentation: Cultural Globalization, Consciousness, and the Mass Media
Reading Review Questions

Required Readings:

  1. A.D. Smith, “Towards a Global Culture?
  2. Neil Smith, “Liberalism and the Roots of American Globalism

Session 4: McWorldization, Disneyization, and Americanization

Friday, February 10
Lecture Presentation: McDonadlization, Disneyization, and Americanization
Reading Review Questions

Required Readings:

  1. George Ritzer, “The McDonaldization of Society
  2. Alan Bryman, “The Disneyization of Society

Session 5: Globalization and the World-System

Friday, February 17
Lecture Presentation: Introducing World-Systems Analysis
Reading Review Questions

Required Readings:

  1. Thomas Clayton, “‘Competing Conceptions of Globalization’ Revisited: Relocating the Tension between World-Systems Analysis and Globalization Analysis
  2. Christopher Chase-Dunn, Yukio Kawano and Benjamin D. Brewer, Trade Globalization since 1795: Waves of Integration in the World-System

Optional Extra Reading:

⇒ First essay is due today, via email.


Monday, February 20, 2017
Mid-term break begins.


Session 6: American Empire or the Transnational Capitalist Class?

Friday, March 3
Lecture Presentation: Who Rules the World?
Reading Review Questions
TCC Chart

Required Reading:

  1. William I. Robinson and Jerry Harris, “Towards a Global Ruling Class? Globalization and the Transnational Capitalist Class

Optional Reading:

  1. Leo Panitch & Sam Gindin, “Planning the New American Empire

Session 7: Globalization Theory in Anthropology

Friday, March 10
Lecture Presentation: Globalization Theory in Anthropology
Reading Review Questions

Required Readings:

  1. Arjun Appadurai, “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy
  2. Ulf Hannerz, “Cosmopolitans and Locals in World Culture
  3. Michael Kearney, “The Local and the Global: The Anthropology of Globalization and Transnationalism

Optional Extra Reading:


Session 8: Globalization and Ethnographic Research Methods

Friday, March 17
Lecture Presentation: Globalization and Ethnographic Research Methods
Reading Review Questions

Required Readings:

  1. George E. Marcus, “Ethnography in/of the World System: The Emergence of Multi-Sited Ethnography
  2. Gregory Feldman, “If Ethnography is More than Participant-Observation, then Relations are More than Connections: The Case for Nonlocal Ethnography in a World of Apparatuses

Sunday, March 19, 2017

  • Last day for academic withdrawal from twoterm and winterterm courses.

Session 9: Neoliberalism as Globalization, Part I

Friday, March 24
Lecture Presentation: Neoliberalism: Theory and Practice
Reading Review Questions

Required Readings:

  1. Chapter 1. Freedom’s Just Another Word . . . 5-38 (Harvey: A Brief History of Neoliberalism)
  2. Chapter 2. The Construction of Consent 39-63 (Harvey: A Brief History of Neoliberalism)

⇒ Second essay is due today, via email.


Session 10: Neoliberalism as Globalization, Part II

Friday, March 31
Lecture Presentation: (Anti) Free Trade and (De)Globalization
Reading Review Questions

Required Readings:

  1. Chapter 3. The Neoliberal State 64-86 (Harvey: A Brief History of Neoliberalism)
  2. Chapter 4. Uneven Geographical Developments 87-119 (Harvey: A Brief History of Neoliberalism)

Session 11: Neoliberalism as Globalization, Part III

Friday, April 7
Film Presentation: Neoliberal Globalization and Jamaica
Reading Review Questions

Required Readings:

  1. Chapter 5. Neoliberalism ‘with Chinese Characteristics’ 120-151 (Harvey: A Brief History of Neoliberalism)
  2. Chapter 6. Neoliberalism on Trial 152-182 (Harvey: A Brief History of Neoliberalism)

⇒ Third and final essay is now due Thursday, April 13, via email. See the Assignments page.


Thank you for taking this course, and have a happy spring and summer.


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