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 SSC 332 - The Dynamics of Globalization


The aim of this course is twofold. First, to give a holistic and multilevel analysis of globalization, connecting the economic to the political and cultural, and interrelating different local, regional, and global arenas. Mainly non-Western worlds will provide materials for the analysis. Second, the course is an advanced introduction into economic anthropology discussing its history and practice and connecting economic anthropology to World history, the dynamics of globalization, social theory and western philosophy. The course will be focused on the global division of labour and power (migration, marginalization, poverty and gender), regionalism (“new regionalism”, sub-regionalist responses) and coping with and resistance to globalization. Our emphasis will fall on the interaction between global structures and local outcomes and realities. What anthropologists offer in the understanding of the dynamics of globalization is that what is often lacking in other disciplines is a concrete attentiveness to human agency, to the practices of everyday life, in short to myriad ways in which subjects mediate the process of globalization. This is stressed in the Reader and the introduction to economic anthropology students have to study. Lectures will supplement the readings and focus on wider processes of and theories of globalization. Students will be expected to prepare and organize seminars. 

This course discusses from an economic anthropological perspective different theories and perspectives of globalization and its dynamics. Students learn to understand that globalization is not a single unified phenomenon, but a syndrome of processes, and will attempt to capture its ontology. Manifestations of globalization include the reorganization of production and (cultural) consumption, which will be studied in different settings. Students will also learn to understand the impact of the dynamics of globalization on the discipline of anthropology. ​



One of the following is required in order to take this course:

  • SSC 111 Introduction to Sociology
  • SSC 131 Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology
  • SSC 211 Modern Sociology
  • SSC 231 Anthropology and the Study of Politics
  • SSC 232 The Development Encounter: Anthropological Perspectives
  • SSC 233 Religion and Modernization: An Anthropological Approach
  • SSC 313 Migration and Integration​​
  • In addition to the courses listed, students who have taken any other second or third-year SSC course can take SSC 332 after consulting with the instructor.