Spring 2017

Globalization, Inequality and Social Change

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-302  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-302


Leah C. Schmalzbauer (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST 302 and SOCI 302.)  This course is an in-depth exploration of the increasing global interconnectedness of economic, political, and social processes, what many have come to call “globalization.” We begin by developing a sociological critique of the relationship between inequality, post-World War II global capitalism, and the neoliberal ideology that underlies it.  We do this through study of the major institutions and actors that endorse and perpetuate global capitalism. We then explore case studies which critically examine how contemporary globalization is playing out in daily life via experiences of labor, consumption, family and community.  We dedicate the last part of the course to investigating diverse examples of grassroots resistance to the current capitalist order.  As we strive to achieve a complex analysis of globalization, we will be challenged to grapple seriously with issues of power and social justice and to reflect on our own social positions within an increasingly intricate global web.  In accordance, we will focus throughout the course on how intersections of race, class, gender and citizenship influence the human experience of globalization. 

Limited to 20 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Schmalzbauer.

If Overenrolled: If overenrolled, preference goes to Sociology and American Studies seniors and juniors, and then to seniors, juniors and on down.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018