Spring 2016  |  GLOS 3900 Section 001: Topics in Global Studies -- The New Global Economy (69702)

Class Component:
3 Credits (5 Credits max.)
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/19/2016 - 05/06/2016
Mon, Wed 04:30PM - 05:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Social Sciences Building 614
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics vary each semester. See Class Schedule.
Class Notes:
The New Global Economy
Class Description:
Manifestations of the new global economy are everywhere. From the jeans you buy at your favorite shopping mall to the placemats you purchase at Target, most of the items we consume here in the United States are made somewhere else. Global commodity networks link consumers of fresh green beans in Britain with farmers, pickers, and exporters in Zambia. And it isn't only products that have "gone global," it is also people. Thanks to immense economic inequalities, upper and even middle class families in Europe, Japan and the U.S. enjoy the cheap and plentiful labor of Eastern European, Filipino, and Honduran nannies, housecleaners, and gardeners. The location and character of work is also changing: no longer can a skilled Detroit autoworker or Minnesota aircraft mechanic expect to find work in the U.S.; rather, most of these jobs have relocated to Mexico, Brazil, or China, where equally skilled workers are employed at a fraction of the cost. How did this new global economy come to be and what forces are responsible for these changes? Course organization and requirements: This course is based on lectures, films, an occasional guest speaker and considerable in-class discussion. From the outset, I want you to know that (a) this course is very reading intensive, and (b) I expect you to do all of the readings all of the time. Active participation in this class is very important and counts for 15% of your grade. But more than how it "counts" -- participation in the form of engaging with the texts and other materials we use in class, and with your fellow students, is the best way for you to grasp the theoretical perspectives, empirical information and critical thinking skills that are the primary pedagogical goals of this class. In other words, well after this class is over, I want you to be able to utilize the perspectives and knowledge you have acquired during the course to understand changes in the global economy. In this course, we will focus on the changes that have taken place in the global economy over the last seventy years, and the economic theories, institutional changes, and technological developments that have undergirded them. Our mode of exploration will be both historical and contemporary. We will examine the movement away from the relatively regulated national economies of the 1940s and 1950s to a more fully integrated global economy; changing patterns and organization of production and consumption; and the rise of neoliberal ideology, policy and global governance institutions. Some of the substantive topics we will explore include the globalization of mass consumption, the transformation of work associated with new information technologies, and the cultures of the "new" capitalism.
10% Attendance
10% Journal
10% Class Participation Other Grading Information: 24% Written Homework (commentaries), 16% Special Projects (2 exercises),30% Final take-home Exam
Class Format:
35% Lecture
10% Film/Video
30% Discussion
15% Small Group Activities
5% Student Presentations
5% Guest Speakers
80-100 Pages Reading Per Week
6-8 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Exam(s)
12 Homework Assignment(s)
Other Workload: 3 Special Projects
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
19 November 2012

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