This course will introduce students to the sociological perspective of society in global perspective. The course will focus on the economic, social and cultural processes that shape contemporary society and will help students understand the links between their personal experiences and larger social forces by focusing on the transnational social relationships in which they are embedded. The course also provides an international perspective on society by elevating the contributions of classical and contemporary sociologists from outside of the traditional western canon. Students will learn to think critically about the causes and consequences of social inequalities and the social construction of human life across the globe.
This class will include active learning, peer mentoring, debates on controversial topics, and engagement (via Skype and blogs) with scholars and students in other parts of the world to help students develop global sociological imaginations.
Sources for course materials and topical coverage include sociology; environmental studies; women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; migration studies; and human rights.