“It is quite common to hear high officials in Washington and elsewhere speak of changing the map of the Middle East, as if ancient societies and myriad peoples can be shaken up like so many peanuts in a jar.”

― Edward W. Said

"A developing country that wants to develop its economy must first of all keep natural resources in its own hands."
- Deng Xiaoping

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Decline of the Bretton Woods Institutions

Uri Dadush

The National Interests - September 22, 2014

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the Bretton Woods institutions—the IMF, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization (WTO)/GATT—appeared invincible. Orchestrated by the United States as the sole superpower, they seemed set to durably underpin a universal economic order. But they are now in rapid and unmistakable decline, which can only be reversed by a major shift in approach by their political masters.  
As the Cold War receded, all three institutions felt a strong wind in their sails. Hundreds of millions of Chinese, Russian and Vietnamese workers became part of the global market economy. The Eastern Europeans became enthusiastic joiners of the European Union. China, Russia, and dozens of other countries embarked on comprehensive negotiations to become members of the WTO, not only adopting the totality of the rules that govern trade, but accepting even tougher disciplines than applied to existing members. Previously planned economies became active members and users of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, eagerly adopting the tenets of the Washington Consensus. Meanwhile, economic growth in the developing world surged, democracy spread, and international conflicts declined in frequency and intensity.

READ MORE....

Haredim refuse to sit next to women on El Al flight, causing '11-hour-nightmare'

El Al passengers on New York-Israel flight claim Haredi men refused to sit next to women, even offering secular passengers money to switch seats, delaying flight's departure. 

Itay Blumenthal  

Ynet - 09.25.14

Passengers aboard an El Al flight from New York's JKF airport to Israel claim that hundreds of ultra-Orthodox passengers demanded that they trade places with them before takeoff, saying they cannot sit next to women. 
"It was an 11-hour long nightmare," one of the passengers summed up her experience.  
On Wednesday morning, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Israeli and Jewish passengers landed in Israel, including scores of ultra-Orthodox Jews who decided to celebrate the Jewish New Year in the Holy Land. However, things didn't go so smoothly on one El Al flight carrying a large group of haredim, as well as secular Jews, that departed from New York's JFK and landed in Israel at 5 am Wednesday. According to the passengers who were on the plane, their fellow ultra-Orthodox travelers refused to sit next to women prior to the takeoff, which not only delayed the flight, but caused actual chaos to ensue on the plane.  

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Curses, Fooled Again!

By PETER FUNT

The New York Times - SEPT. 26, 2014

I SPENT the summer producing new “Candid Camera” shows, and among the many things I observed after a 10-year hiatus was that people are more easily fooled than ever.
That may seem counterintuitive, but I’m certain it’s true. Much has to do with multitasking. When my dad, Allen Funt, introduced the show over six decades ago, he had to work at distracting people. Nowadays they do it to themselves.
Many people we now encounter are fiddling with cellphones and other devices, tackling routine activities with less-than-full focus. That makes them easier targets for our little experiments, but also more vulnerable to personal mishaps and genuine scams.
I worried briefly that people are now so tech-savvy that some of our props and fake setups wouldn’t be believed. Instead, we found that the omnipresence of technology has reached a point where people will now accept almost anything.

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What do the Americans want from U.S. foreign policy?

Survey Says The Chicago Council's new report might have answers as to what Americans want when it comes to Syria, Afghanistan, and Ukraine. The only problem is, it asked the wrong questions.    

BY Stephen M. Walt

Foreign Policy - SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

What do the American people want from U.S. foreign policy? If you're a die-hard neoconservative, a committed liberal interventionist, or somebody who thinks the solution to most global problems should be Made-in-America, then you're probably worried that the American people are becoming disenchanted with the costly and mostly unsuccessful foreign policy of the past couple of decades. But if you seek reassurance and would enjoy reading a "glass half-full" analysis of that issue, then I commend to you the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' recent survey of U.S. public opinion, titled "Foreign Policy in the Age of Retrenchment."  It is important to recognize that a key mission of the Chicago Council, like that of many other nonpartisan membership organizations, is "educating the public" about contemporary global issues. The purpose of such education, of course, is to encourage greater U.S. engagement in world affairs and to counter any tendency toward "isolationism." The people who support the organization -- and especially some of its biggest donors -- also tend to be committed internationalists who support using American power to advance various foreign-policy goals. Chicago Council President Ivo Daalder (a co-author of the report) is a card-carrying liberal internationalist who was a prominent advocate of NATO expansion and has repeatedly proposed creating a global "league of democracies." Back in 2012, he hailed the toppling of Libya's Muammar al-Qaddafi as a great victory for NATO and as a "model intervention" (sadly, this so-called victory actually spawned a dangerous failed state). Neither the Chicago Council nor its current leaders are likely to be anything about enthusiastic about active U.S. leadership on the world stage.

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A Course Syllabus: Introduction to International Studies (Fall 2014)


Introduction to International Studies
Classroom: Ondine 218

Instructor:           Tugrul Keskin               
Office:                333 East Hall
Google Phone:    202-630-1025
Office Hours:       Monday and Wednesday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM or by appointment

Teaching Assistant: Rosie David
Office: East Hall 333                    Office Hours: Wednesday 4:00 – 6:00 PM or by appointment

(PLEASE include “International Studies” in the subject line)
                                                                                                
The free man will ask neither what his country can do for him nor what he can do for his country. ~ Milton Friedman

While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State. ~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, "State and Revolution", 1919

Course Description and Objective

The focus of this course is the state, society and economy in the context of globalization. Therefore, the major themes of the course relate directly to international studies. In order to understand transformations taking place in the world today, we need to explore the social, political and economic underpinnings of the past. Today’s paradigms were created in relation to specific events in the past, and now fuel current events. At the beginning of the 20st century, there was a modern and bureaucratic state in Europe, which emerged as a consequence of the industrialization of the late 18th century. The 18th and 19th century’s patterns of industrialization then fueled domestic migration and the migration of rural populations to the big cities, which led to mass urbanization.

The modern city was then born under a capitalist economic order, and this has created a more secular-oriented and disciplined individual. This new individual is the product of the modern city and consumes more, works more, is more educated than his or her predecessor, and is less interested in community or religion. In this context, the state becomes the center of political debate, and the life of the “modern” and secular individual is regulated by the state for the sake of modern economic conditions. This is what Neoliberalism today looks like.

During and after the industrialization process, the emergence of the nation-state led to the formation of nationalism and national identities, as we know them today. This was also a product of the domestic market, and was used in order to develop and expand capitalist interests. The decline of religious identities has thus been replaced with an increase in national identities. According to Karl Marx, the state and nationalism were necessary mechanisms of exploitation, used to protect the interests of the bourgeoisie – or upper classes. Nationalism became a new ‘religion’ or collective consciousness.

At the time of the 20th century economic revolution, we witnessed rapid social changes, such as women’s participation in the workforce, an increase in education across all sectors of the population, popular use of visual and print media, and the emergence of the nuclear family, among numerous other trends. Changes such as this led to a flourishing multi-party system democracy. However, the new economic system was also the engine of these changes and has continued to reproduce itself for the sake of the free market economy. 

Today, capitalism has moved to a new stage in its development in the second part of the twentieth century, which can be characterized by the dehumanization of the social and political system. The political system of the nation-state changed, because old style bureaucratic structures created obstacles for the new free market economy. Therefore, the role of the nation-state has since weakened and this has led to the formation and predominance of powerful corporations.

In this course, we will observe, analyze, and understand the consequences of this transformation within a comparative perspective. Every concept and phenomenon will be explored within the discipline of International Studies. As an introduction to the discipline, the purpose of the course is to develop a foundational knowledge of international studies, enhanced analytical skills, and to develop a terminology that is relevant to a broad understanding of the economic, social and political transformations of our time. 

International Studies Themes

State/Politics                           Society/Culture                                   Economy
Nation-state                            Nationalism/ethnic groups                  Capitalism
Bureaucracy                            Tradition/Modernity                          Socialism          
Colonialism/Imperialism         McDonaldization                                Welfare State  
Ethnic Conflicts/Wars             Religion/secularism                             Neoliberalism             
Think-tanks/NGOs               Social Movements                              The Corporations

Learning Outcomes (Tugrul Keskin):

By the end of the course, you will have enhanced your:
§  Critical thinking in relation to international studies
§  Ability to question dogmas and taboos in today’s societies
§  Consciousness of differing perspectives and diversity
§  Understanding of world issues and trends
§  Understanding of the impact of colonialism and imperialism in                     developing nations

You also will have increased your knowledge concerning:
§  Resources in your potential discipline
§  Resources specific to your region
§  Traditional information sources
§  Alternative information sources
§  Knowledge of relevant methodologies

Learning Outcomes (Shawn Smallman)
Core Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate an understanding of world cultures, politics, and economics, within the context of globalization, as well as developing the skills and attitudes to function as “global citizens.”

Specific Outcomes:
  • Demonstrates knowledge of global issues, processes, trends and systems (i.e. economic and political interdependency among nations; environmental-cultural interaction; global governance bodies).
  • Can articulate an understanding of her/his culture in global and comparative context; that is, recognizes that her/his culture is one of many diverse cultures and that alternate perceptions and behaviors may be based in cultural differences.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the meaning and practice of political, military, economic, and cultural hegemony within states and within the global system.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of how her/his field is viewed and practiced in different international contexts.
  • Uses diverse cultural perspectives and frames of reference, including those of the media, to think critically and solve problems.
  • Uses information from other languages and other countries to extend their access to information and experiences.
  • Interprets issues and situations from more than one cultural perspective.
  • Can articulate differences among cultures; demonstrates tolerance for the diverse viewpoints that emerge from these differences.
  • Demonstrates a critical understanding of the historical origins of the nation-state, and its current role in the global system.
  • Can apply the key theoretical concepts in the field to interpret global issues.
  • Exhibits an ongoing willingness to seek out international or intercultural opportunities.

Please visit Professor Shawn Smallman’s website: http://introtoglobalstudies.com/blog/   

Required Readings:
  1. Shawn Smallman and Kimberley Brown. 2010. Introduction to International and Global Studies. The University of North Carolina Press. http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=2561
  2. Readings in Globalization: Key Concepts and Major Debates By George Ritzer (Editor), Zeynep Atalay (Editor) 2010. http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405132736.html

Recommended Readings:
  1. John J. Macionis and Ken Plummer. 2012. Sociology: A Global Introduction. Prentice-Hall. 
  2. Leslie Sklair. 2004. Globalization: Capitalism and its alternatives. Oxford University Press. 
  3. Sheila L. Croucher, 2004. Globalization and Belonging: The Politics of Identity in a Changing World, Oxford: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.
  4. John Mearsheimer. 2003. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics. New York: W.W.
Norton & Company.

5.     Judith Blau and Mark Frezzo. 2011. Sociology and Human Rights: A Bill of Rights for the Twenty-First Century. Sage. http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book235439

  1. David Harvey. 2006. A Brief History of Neoliberalism. Oxford University Press. http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Politics/PoliticalTheory/ContemporaryPoliticalThought/?view=usa&ci=9780199283279
  2. Jeffry A. Frieden. 2007. Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century. W.W. Norton. http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=8193
  3. J. Timmons Roberts, Amy Bellone Hite. 2007. The Globalization and Development Reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
  4. J. R. McNeill. 2011. Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the 20th Century World. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
  5. Naomi Klein. 2007. The Sock Doctrine. New York, NY: Metropolitan Books.
  1. William I. Robinson. 2004. A Theory of Global Capitalism: Production, Class, and State in a Transnational World. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press.
  2. Richard P. Appelbaum and William I. Robinson. 2005. Critical Globalization Studies. New York, NY: Routledge.

13.  Samuel Martinez. 2009. International Migration and Human Rights: The Global Repercussions of U.S. Policy. University of California Press.

http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520258211


Readings:
Other Readings will be posted on D2L and you will find them under the course news.   

Recommended Movies and documentaries: 

  • The War On Democracy - John Pilger
  • The Secret Country by John Pilger
  • The New Rulers of the World John Pilger
  • Ten Canoes (2007)
  • Citizen Kane (1941)
  • The Fountainhead (1949)

·      Death of a Salesman (1985)

  • Fight Club (1999)
  • Pleasantville (1998)
  • American Beauty (1999)
  • The Truman Show (1998)
  • The Corporation (2003)
  • Treble Army – Lullabomb
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell - 1954
  • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  • 1984 - George Orwell  
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Brazil - 1985
  • 12 Monkeys - 2009

Course Philosophy:
The goal of this course is to become familiar with the social, political and economic underpinnings of International Studies. The success of this course depends on your continued and sustained reading and participation. The course will be based on a four-dimensional method of learning, and this includes inquiry and critical thinking; communication; and will draw on the diversity of human experience; and ethics and social responsibility. First, I would like you to critically analyze what you learn in this class or have learned so far through the media and your education, because in today’s world, truth is a relative concept. Throughout human history, critical thinking is one of the most important factors that have contributed to human development.  In order to become active, self-motivated, and empowered learners and future leaders, you will need to have the ability to think critically, and therefore your criticism, feedback and suggestions are necessary. Second, I would like for you to enhance your writing and oral communication skills in this course. Therefore, it is important to clearly elaborate your arguments in class discussion as well as in the written assignments.

Third, we are each part of the human mosaic, and all have different experiences based on our unique social, political and economic differences. We can all learn from and respect each other and benefit from our diversity. Please try to learn from and understand those with different perspectives from your own. Lastly, we need to learn that we are all part of this intellectual community and part of a larger society, and all have social and ethical responsibilities to our family, community, classmates, and humanity. We live in a globalized world and therefore, we need to be aware of events in our community, and the world today. In order to enhance our knowledge, we must critically examine our social, political and economic environment in order to apply this knowledge to our experience.

Course Requirements


To prevent confusion later, please read the following information:

Grades: Your grade for this course will be based on your performance on the following components, shown below with their dates and respective weights.

Item                                                    Date                                        Weight (%)

Online Quizzes (6)                             Sunday (9-10 PM)                              48.0
Short Analytical Paper                       November 30                                      20.0
Class Participation/Attendance                                                                      5.0
Newspaper Articles                                                                                        3.0
Final Online Exam                               Sunday December 7                            24.0

The grading system in this class is as follows:
A         95-100    
A-        90-94   
B+       86-89   
B         85    
B-        80-84   
C+       76-79   
C         75   
C-        70-74   
D+       66-69   
D         65   
D-        60-64
F          (Failure)    

Final Exam: You will take the final exam on Sunday, December 7th (8:00 – 10:00 PM). I will ask 48 multiple-choice/true and false questions and you will have two hours to finish the exam. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know as soon as possible.

Online Quizzes: You will have 6 quizzes. The quizzes will have 16 questions from each week’s class readings and discussions. Each Quiz is worth 8 points and each question is worth 0.5 point. You will find the schedule of quizzes below. Please carefully review the online quiz schedule. If you have schedule conflict, drop the class. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.       

Online Quiz Schedule:
October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9 and 16 (Sunday 9 - 10 PM)

Analytical Paper: In this requirement, you will select a book written by a famous international novelist, and will review (summarize and critique) the novel based on our textbooks. This paper should be at least 1500 words in length. You will find a list of recommended novelists on
You must provide a word count at the end of your paper. The paper is due on Saturday November 30th. Some recommended well-known novelists include John Steinbeck, Orhan Pamuk, Leo Tolstoy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Milan Kundera, Naguib Mahfouz, Azar Nafisi, Chinua Achebe, Arundhati Roy, and etc. You will find detailed information and recommended novels on D2L. Everyone will select a different novel. No one will read the same novel. Your selection must be approved and registered by a teaching assistant, Rosie David rosa@pdx.edu; therefore you must contact her directly regarding your selection. The deadline for selecting/registering your novel with teaching assistant, Rosie Davis is Sunday, October 27. The deadline for submitting your review is Sunday November 30. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Attendance: Regular attendance is one of the most important parameters to successful completion of the course requirements. If you miss more than 4 classes, you will not receive an attendance grade.  Excuses will not be permitted for any reason.

Class Participation: Each student must read the course materials before they attend class and I expect them to participate in class discussion. Class participation in the form of informed questions and comments will be taken into consideration when determining your final grade. Additionally, the class participation grade also depends on class attendance.

Newspaper Articles: During the semester, you can bring 3 newspaper articles related with our class subjects. You cannot bring more than one article in the same week. You will have to summarize these articles in class and will find the recommended newspapers listed on http://internationalstudiesandsociology.blogspot.it/, under the external links section. Newspaper articles sent by email will not be accepted. Please bring it to class, the first page of the printed/hard copy of the article. You can only bring an article from the selected newspapers, posted on http://internationalstudiesandsociology.blogspot and you will find them under links section. Some of the recommended newspapers are The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, Democracynow.org, Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Pravda, Haaretz, China Daily, and the Economist. Please do not bring articles from local newspapers!

Extra Credit: For this extra credit option, you will build your resume based on one of the samples on D2L. The first sample resume is for academic job applications, and the second one is for general job applications. You will only build a resume based on your interests, Please select only one. For your resume, please use Times New Roman, 12 font size. Please submit your hard copy of your resume/vita/cv to Rosie Davis. The last day to submit your resume and/or internship proof letter is Sunday, November 30. 

You will find the two sample resumes on D2L.

For this second extra credit option, you will find an organization, NGO, government agency or a corporation based in Portland, Washington DC or anywhere in the US or the World and you will apply for an internship for the spring or summer 2015. Please bring a print copy of your proof of your internship application to Rosie Davis. In the internship application, if you are asked for a recommendation, you may include my name as your reference. You can find recommended agencies, corporations, organization or think tanks on http://internationalstudiesandsociology.blogspot.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!
Coming late to class: Late comers will not be accepted to class, so be on time. If you are late for a class, please do not disturb your classmates and me and do not come at all. Please also do not send an email or call me regarding your class attendance. If there is a medical need, bring an official letter from a doctor. Whatever the reason is, if you cannot come to class, this is your responsibility. If you miss more than 4 classes, you will not receive an attendance grade.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!    
Laptop and cell phone policy: No laptops or cell phones will be allowed in this class. Please turn your cell phone off before you come to class. If you use the Internet/laptop or your cell phone during class, you will be asked to leave. 

Responsibility: You and/or your parents pay tuition for this class; therefore, you have responsibility to yourself and/or your parents. Passing or failing the class is not the main objective, rather that you learn and improve your knowledge. Please read and try to understand the main concepts of this class. If you are having difficulty, please do not hesitate to see me and discuss your concerns!

Each year, almost half a million people graduate from American public universities (see http://collegecompletion.chronicle.com/). As you will see from the statistics, the job market is very competitive; therefore, students need to improve their knowledge, skill, and experience in order to find a job they want. Learning is a lifelong process. An academic institution like Portland State University will provide you with an educational discipline and methodology; everything else is up to you. You should study and improve your skills, in order to compete with the rest of the graduates. While you are in the program, you should apply for internships to obtain relevant experiences before you graduate. Therefore, if you need a letter of recommendation for an internship or job, please do not hesitate to ask me, if you receive at least an A, A- or B+ grade from my class. Please also remember that an undergraduate degree might not be enough to find the job you want; therefore, you might need to apply to graduate school. In order to apply to graduate school, you will also need to have a letter of recommendation. I am also happy to advise you on graduate school or provide a letter of recommendation if you receive an A, A- or B+ grade. 

General:
-You are expected to follow PSU’s student code of conduct, particularly 577-031-0135 and 577-031-0136, which can be found at
Violations of the code will be reported to the Office of the Dean of Student Life.
-You are encouraged to take advantage of instructor and TA office hours or email communication for help with coursework or anything else connected with the course and your progress.
-If you are a student with a documented disability and are registered with Disability Resource Center (503.725.4150 or TDD 725.6504), please contact the instructor immediately to arrange academic accommodations.
-Make sure you have an ODIN account; this email will be used for D2L and important emails from the instructor and TA.  DO NOT USE THE INTERNAL D2L mail function to contact us. If you do not typically use your PSU ODIN account, figure out how to get your mail from this account forwarded to the account you usually use.

*FOR ALL ACADEMIC CORRESPONDENCE FOR OBSERVING AND CONTACT WITH TEACHERS YOU WISH TO OBSERVE USE YOUR ODIN ACCOUNT*

No Laptops and cell phones will be allowed in this class.

Course Timeline


First Week

September 29
October 3

Introduction to International Studies and Syllabus
Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism, International Studies and Sociology
The Origins of Modern Capitalism: Industrialization by Tugrul Keskin
Major Themes in international studies: State, society and economy by Tugrul Keskin

Introduction and History – Smallman and Brown

Readings in Globalization By Ritzer and Atalay
1 Introduction to Globalization Debates. 
1 Is Globalization Civilizing, Destructive or Feeble? A Critique of Five Key Debates in the Social Science Literature (Mauro F. Guillén).

Documentary: Serving Humanity Without any Discrimination
Documentary: China Rising - Episode 1: The Dramatic Rise
Documentary: China Rises. Getting Rich (2006)


Second Week

October 6 - 10
Economic Globalization – Smallman and Brown

Documentary: The Corporation (2003)

Readings in Globalization By Ritzer and Atalay
Part I Political Economy. 
2 Civilizations.
2 The Clash of Civilizations? (Samuel P. Huntington). 
3 Global Utopias and Clashing Civilizations: Misunderstanding the Present (John Gray). 
4 Can Civilizations Clash? (Jack F. Matlock, Jr). 
5 History Ends, Worlds Collide (Chris Brown). 
6 If Not Civilizations, What? Paradigms of the Post-Cold War World (Samuel P. Huntington).

The case of Africa by Tugrul Keskin

Readings in Globalization By Ritzer and Atalay
3 Orientalism, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism. 
7 Orientalism: Introduction (Edward W. Said). 
8 Orientalism and Orientalism in Reverse (Sadik Jalal al-'Azm). 
9 Postcolonialism and Its Discontents (Ali Rattansi). 
10 Said’s Orientalism: A Vital Contribution Today (Peter Marcuse).

Documentary: Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death - Peter Bate, Belgium, 2003 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUZLtkLA0VE

October 12
Sunday 9-10 PM
Quiz-1 Online: D2L

Third Week

October 13 - 17
Political GlobalizationSmal]lman and Brown

Readings in Globalization By Ritzer and Atalay
4 Neoliberalism. 
11 Freedom versus Collectivism in Foreign Aid (William Easterly). 
12 The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time (Karl Polanyi). 
13 Freedom’s Just Another Word . . . (David Harvey). 
14 Neoliberalism as Exception, Exception to Neoliberalism (Aihwa Ong). 

5 Structural Adjustment. 
15 Structural Adjustment in East and Southeast Asia: Lessons from Latin America (Jim Glassman and Pádraig Carmody). 
16 The Social Consequences of Structural Adjustment: Recent Evidence and Current Debates (Sarah Babb). 
17 The Human Rights Effects of World Bank Structural Adjustment, 1981–2000 (M. Rodwan Abouharb and David L. Cingranelli). 
18 How International Monetary Fund and World Bank Policies Undermine Labor Power and Rights (Vincent Lloyd and Robert Weissman). 
19 Who Has Failed Africa?: IMF Measures or the African Leadership? (Gerald Scott).

Documentary: The story of India - BBC documentary

October 19
Sunday 9-10 PM
Quiz – 2 Online: D2L


Fourth Week

October 20 - 24
Cultural Globalization - Smallman and Brown

The Case of the Middle East by Tugrul Keskin

Readings in Globalization By Ritzer and Atalay
6 Nation-State. 
20 Sociology and the Nation-State in an Era of Shifting Boundaries (Donald N. Levine). 
21 The Westfailure System (Susan Strange). 
22 Globalization and the Myth of the Powerless State (Linda Weiss). 
23 Globalization and the Resilience of State Power (Daniel Béland). 
24 Beyond Nation-State Paradigms: Globalization, Sociology, and the Challenge of Transnational Studies (William I. Robinson). 

7 Transnationalism. 
25 Transnational Practices (Leslie Sklair). 
26 Social Theory and Globalization: The Rise of a Transnational State (William I. Robinson). 
27 Revisiting the Question of the Transnational State: A Comment on William Robinson's "Social Theory and Globalization" (Philip McMichael).

Documentary: Why We Fight - A Film By Eugene Jarecki http://www.sonyclassics.com/whywefight/

October 26
Sunday 9-10 PM
Quiz – 3 Online: D2L

Short Analytical Paper
In this requirement, you will select a book written by a famous international novelist, and will review (summarize and critique) the novel based on our textbooks. This paper should be at least 1500 words in length. You will find a list of recommended novelists on D2L. You must provide a word count at the end of your paper. The paper is due on Saturday November 30th. Some recommended well-known novelists include John Steinbeck, Orhan Pamuk, Leo Tolstoy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Milan Kundera, Naguib Mahfouz, Azar Nafisi, Chinua Achebe, Arundhati Roy, and etc. You will find detailed information and recommended novels on D2L. Everyone will select a different novel. Your selection must be approved and registered by a teaching assistant, Rosie David rosa@pdx.edu; therefore you must contact him directly regarding your selection. The deadline for selecting/registering your novel with teaching assistant, Rosie Davis is Sunday, October 27. The deadline for submitting your review is Sunday November 30. Late submissions will not be accepted.
You must select your novel by October 27th.
The paper is due on November 30th by midnight. 


Fifth Week

October 27 - 31
Development - Smallman and Brown

The Case of the US by Tugrul Keskin

Readings in Globalization By Ritzer and Atalay
8 World Systems. 
28 The Modern World-System: Theoretical Reprise (Immanuel Wallerstein).  29 Competing Conceptions of Globalization (Leslie Sklair). 

9 Empire. 
30 Empire (Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri). 
31 The Global Coliseum: On Empire (Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri interviewed by Nicholas Brown and Imre Szeman). 
32 Retrieving the Imperial: Empire and International Relations (Tarak Barkawi and Mark Laffey). 
33 Africa: the Black Hole at the Middle of Empire? (David Moore). 
34 The New World Order (They Mean It) (Stanley Aronowitz). 
35 Adventures of the Multitude: Response of the Authors (Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri).

Documentary: UP/Fedex: Inside the package wars
Documentary: Kids with Cameras » Born into Brothels

November 2
Sunday 9–10 PM

Quiz – 4 Online: D2L


Sixth Week

November 3 - 7
Food - Smallman and Brown

The Case of China (PRC) by Tugrul Keskin

Readings in Globalization By Ritzer and Atalay
10 Network Society and Informationalism. 
36 Toward a Sociology of the Network Society (Manuel Castells). 
37 Depoliticizing Globalization: From Neo-Marxism to the Network Society of Manuel Castells (Peter Marcuse). 

11 World Risk Society and Cosmopolitanism. 
38 The Terrorist Threat: World Risk Society Revisited (Ulrich Beck). 
39 Risk, Globalisation and the State: A Critical Appraisal of Ulrich Beck and the World Risk Society Thesis (Darryl S. L. Jarvis). 
40 Unpacking Cosmopolitanism for the Social Sciences: A Research Agenda (Ulrich Beck and Natan Sznaider). 
41 Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism (Craig Calhoun).

Documentary: The Light Bulb Conspiracy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfbbF3oxf-E

November 9
Sunday 9-10 PM

Quiz – 5 Online: D2L


Seventh Week

November 10 - 14
November 11 - No Class

Health - Smallman and Brown

The Case of European Union by Tugrul Keskin

Readings in Globalization By Ritzer and Atalay
12 McWorld and Jihad. 
42 Jihad vs McWorld (Benjamin R. Barber). 
43 Paris Is Burning: Jihad vs McWorld by Benjamin R. Barber (Fareed Zakaria). 
44 Sovereignty and Emergency: Political Theology, Islam and American Conservatism (Bryan S. Turner). 
45 On Terrorism and the New Democratic Realism (Benjamin R. Barber).

Documentary: The Power of Nightmares: Part I: Baby It's Cold Outside

November 16
Sunday 9-10 PM
Quiz – 6 Online: D2L

Eighth Week

November 17 - 21
Energy - Smallman and Brown

The Case of Latin America by Tugrul Keskin

Readings in Globalization By Ritzer and Atalay
Part II Culture. 
46 Globalization and Culture: Three Paradigms (Jan Nederveen Pieterse). 

13 Creolization, Hybridity, and Glocalization. 
47 The World in Creolisation (Ulf Hannerz). 
48 Flows, Boundaries and Hybrids: Keywords in Transnational Anthropology (Ulf Hannerz). 
49 Globalization as Hybridization (Jan Nederveen Pieterse). 
50 Glocalization: Time–Space and Homogeneity–Heterogeneity (Roland Robertson). 

14 Critiquing Creolization, Hybridity, and Glocalization. 
51 Hybridity, So What? The Anti-Hybridity Backlash and the Riddles of Recognition (Jan Nederveen Pieterse). 
52 The Global, the Local, and the Hybrid: A Native Ethnography of Glocalization (Marwan M. Kraidy). 
53 Globalization and Trinidad Carnival: Diaspora, Hybridity and Identity in Global Culture (Keith Nurse). 
54 Mapping the "Glocal" Village: The Political Limits of "Glocalization" (William H. Thornton). 
55 Rethinking Globalization: Glocalization/Grobalization and Something/Nothing (George Ritzer). 
56 Dialectics of Something and Nothing: Critical Reflections on Ritzer’s Globalization Analysis (Douglas Kellner).

Documentary: Cuba 2012 (BBC Documentary)


Ninth Week

November 24 - 28
Environment - Smallman and Brown

Readings in Globalization By Ritzer and Atalay
15 McDonaldization. 
57 An Introduction to McDonaldization (George Ritzer). 
58 McDonaldization and the Global Culture of Consumption (Malcolm Waters). 
59 The McDonald’s Mosaic: Glocalization and Diversity (Bryan S. Turner).  60 Transnationalism, Localization, and Fast Foods in East Asia (James L. Watson). 
61 Global Implications of McDonaldization and Disneyization (Alan Bryman). 
62 Glocommodification: How the Global Consumes the Local – McDonald's in Israel (Uri Ram).

Documentary: Inside the Saudi Kingdom (BBC Documentary)

November 30
  • Short Analytical Paper
The paper is due on November 30th by midnight. 


Tenth Week

December 1 – 5
Global Citizenship and Careers in the International Arena - Smallman and Brown

CHINA 2013 , Samir Amin

Readings in Globalization By Ritzer and Atalay
16 World Culture. 
63 World Culture: Origins and Consequences (Frank J. Lechner and John Boli). 
64 Norms, Culture, and World Politics: Insights from Sociology's Institutionalism (Martha Finnemore).



ONLINE FINAL EXAM
Sunday – December 7th
Between 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM