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Douglas Mercer
SIS 123
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Globalization

Provides an introduction to the debates over globalization. Focuses on the growth and intensification of global ties. Addresses the resulting inequalities and tensions, as well as the new opportunities for cultural and political exchange. Topics include the impacts on government, finance, labor, culture, the environment, health, and activism. Offered: jointly with GEOG 123.

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This course examines globalization in all its diverse forms  economic, political, cultural, and environmental. Because of its complexity and pervasiveness globalization can seem to be a single, irresistible force. However, the process of globalization is far from determined. Rather, it is being reworked and contested constantly by a vast array of individuals and groups that have questioned the consequences of globalization to date. We will answer some of the questions they have raised: Where does my food come from? Who makes my clothes? What does your bank do with my money? What were protesters saying at the 'Battle in Seattle'? Why is there greater inequality in the world? Does my voice make any difference in these global debates? How are we all connected together, and who are "we"?

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 04/22/2003