SOC 460 - Social Change
Fall 2023, Section 001 - Economic Globalization
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
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Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
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Economic globalization is one of the most powerful drivers of social change in the contemporary world. There has been international trade on a small scale for many hundreds of years, but economies became much more integrated than ever before under European colonialism in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Global economic integration further intensified after World War Two under the new international institutions that emerged from the war: the IMF, the World Bank and the GATT. Then, beginning in the late 1970s, these global institutions were repurposed and supplemented by new regional agreements such as NAFTA to advance a neoliberal model of economic globalization. In this course, we look at the Keynesian economic vision that informed the first 30 years of post-WW2 economic globalization, and how that system grew from and supported a form of capitalism in which labor movements were powerful enough to shape important aspects of government economic and social policy and labor market outcomes. We’ll look at the forces that undermined labor movement power, and with it, the institutions and policies that produced this approach to globalization. We’ll then consider what the shift from Keynesian to neoliberal models of economic globalization implied for five important system outcomes: income inequality, economic stability, labor movement power, the quality of democracy and the pace of climate change. The final third of the course, considers a range of answers to the following questions: What would be a better alternative to neoliberal globalization? What values should an alternative system prioritize? What are the political preconditions for such changes and how likely are those changes?


SOC 460 - Social Change
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23

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