FALL 2003

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Meeting Time:
Mondays, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Meeting Place:
Kethley Hall 207

Course Instructors:


Name: Dr. Alan Barton Dr. John Green
Office: 201A Kethley Hall 201B Kethley Hall
Telephone: (662) 846-4097 (662) 846-4069
Office Hours: Mon. 2:00 3:00 p.m.
Tue. 3:00
4:00 p.m.
Wed. 11:00 a.m.
12:00 noon
Thu. 3:00
4:00 p.m.
Fri. 9:00
10:00 a.m.
Mon. 9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
Tue. 1:00
3:00 p.m.
Wed. 9:00 a.m.
12:00 noon
          and 2:30
– 4:30 p.m.

If you cannot make one of these times, please contact the professor to set up an appointment.


Philip McMichael. 2000. Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective. Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.


Thomas L. Friedman. 2000. The Lexus and the Olive Tree. Newly Updated and Expanded Edition. New York: Anchor Books.


Joseph E. Stiglitz. 2002. Globalization and Its Discontents. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.


David C. Korten. 2001. When Corporations Rule the World. Second Edition. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press.


Articles as assigned.

Books are available at the University Bookstore.  Students should purchase these books, or otherwise make arrangements to access the course readings.

Course Overview:


This course is about globalization.  We will study mainstream and critical perspectives on the process of globalization, and relate global trends to conditions in the Mississippi Delta.  We will construct an understanding of globalization by studying it in a historical context, by considering important actors in the process such as international financial institutions, governments, and resistance movements, and by searching out and discussing the ramifications of globalization on our everyday lives.  We will address critical questions, such as:  what is being globalized?  Who is benefiting from globalization and who is bearing the costs?  And what are some alternatives to globalization in its present form?


Course material is presented in the four assigned books, various articles, videos, and newspaper accounts.  We will use these to compare differing perspectives on globalization and its effects, and to relate global trends to lives in the Mississippi Delta.


Course Organization and Approach:

This course uses a participatory, learner-centered, adult education approach.  An adult education approach recognizes that students are responsible for their own learning.  The professors can only provide opportunities to learn, but cannot force students to learn.  Students are expected to work hard in this course, meaning that for every hour of class time, students are expected to spend at least three hours outside of class preparing by doing readings, assignments, studying for quizzes and exams, and thinking about the course material.


Students are expected to take responsibility for the success of the course, that is, students should take an active interest not just in the course material, but in the course itself, making it a success for all participants.  Factors such as interest, motivation, creativity, and initiative are important elements in evaluating a student’s performance and assigning a grade.


Course material is presented in several formats.  A theoretical framework for understanding globalization is presented in the four books we will read.  Practical applications of this theory are presented in class discussions and videos, as well as in student-led exercises and writing assignments.


Each class meeting will include either a “Critical Thinking Exercise,” a “Review of the News,” or a “Delta Connection” segment.  Critical thinking exercises are designed to help you develop and utilize critical thinking skills, by identifying how “hidden” messages in everyday media and advertising promote the values of global society.  During “Review of the News” sessions, students will bring in and discuss news articles pertaining to globalization.  In the “Delta Connection” sessions, we will relate global processes to events and changes occurring here in the Mississippi Delta.





All students must complete all of the following assignments:

(1) Reading, Attendance and Participation in Class Discussions

• You are expected to do all of the assigned readings and attend all class sessions.

• You are expected to engage in classroom discussions, reflecting on the topic and readings.

• In class discussions, the quality of contributions is more important than the quantity of contributions.

• Participation in class discussions is not graded based on whether it is “right” or “wrong;” rather, students are expected to engage the material critically, and demonstrate an understanding and ability to apply the course material in productive ways.
• Please come to class prepared to discuss the week’s readings.
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(2) Quizzes

• You must take both quizzes

• Quizzes consist of short answer questions (multiple choice, true-false, fill-in-the-blank, matching terms, etc.)

• Quizzes cover all of the course material including readings, lectures, films, and discussions

• The first quiz covers material presented since the beginning of the course; the second quiz covers material presented since the previous quiz
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(3) Weekly Reflective Essays

• You will prepare and submit ten two-page papers on assigned topics, due at the beginning of each class session from Week 4 to Week 15.  You can skip any two weeks.
• The purpose of the essays is to encourage you to think critically about the reading prior to class discussions.

• The papers should be typed, 10 or 12 point font, 1 inch margins, double spaced.

• For out-of-class assignments, students are expected to do their own work – click here for the policy on plagiarism and cheating; this policy will be enforced with no exceptions.

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(4) “Review of the News” Discussions

• You will lead a 25-30 minute discussion on a current topic, pertaining to processes of globalization.

• Your topic will be based on a current newspaper or magazine article that you select.  The article should be long enough to carry some substance, but short enough that it is not an undue burden to read it.

You will distribute your article to the other class members one week before you are scheduled to lead the discussion.

• You will facilitate a discussion on your article, encouraging participation by all members of the class.  The responsibility of the discussion leader in this exercise is to get other students talking about the topic, mediate the contributions of other students to keep the discussion focused, and guide the discussion to ensure that the social and policy issues are covered.

      • Click here for guidelines on leading a discussion.

• Click here for a schedule of "Review of the News" discussion leaders.


(5) Final Exam

      • You MUST take the final exam.

      • The final exam is comprehensive, and consists of short answer and essay questions.
      • Click here for tips on taking essay tests.

(6) Discretionary

      • The professors will evaluate your performance based on factors such as the motivation, interest, and improvement you demonstrate over the course of the semester.


(7) Teaching on Research Discussions (For Graduate Students ONLY)

      • You will select two additional readings, drawn from research articles in social science journals.

      • You will develop and lead a section on each reading, using lecture, discussion, class activities, or other teaching methods.

      • Click here for the list of "Teaching on Research" articles.

      • Click here for a schedule of "Teaching on Research" discussion leaders.



There are a total of 100 points available for the semester.  Students that accumulate 90 or more points will get an “A,” students with 80 to 89 points will get a “B,” students with 70 to 79 points will get a “C,” students with 60 to 69 points will get a “D,” and students with less than 60 points will get an “F.”  Note that you start with zero and earn points; you do not start with 100 and lose points.


The total number of points possible on each assignment are listed on this chart:



Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Reading, Attendance, Participation






Weekly Reflective Essays



“Review of the News” Discussions



Final Exam






Teaching on Research







Students that comply with all course requirements and submit all of the assignments on time and satisfactorily can expect a “C” grade in this course.  To receive a higher grade, students must go beyond the minimum requirements, demonstrating a superior grasp of course material and an ability to apply the material in productive ways, an interest in the course material and in learning, and an achievement-based orientation.



Policies and Expectations:

(1)  Students are responsible for learning the course material and for their progress in the course

      • Students are expected to attend class regularly and complete all of the assignments.

      • Students are expected to know all material presented during class sessions, whether the student attended the class or not.  Students that miss a class session should check with another student to see what they missed. 

      • “I didn’t know” is NEVER a valid excuse.  If you don’t know something, it is your job to find out.


(2)  Missed assignments cannot be made up

      • It is assumed that if a student misses class or an assignment for anything other than documented illness or emergency, he/she is making a choice that prioritizes other activities above the class.  For this reason, no work can be made up unless the reason for the absence or missed assignment is documented.

      • Assignments are due at the time specified; no late assignments will be accepted without a valid, written excuse from a doctor or previous arrangement with the instructor.

      • Illnesses and emergencies pertain only to the student, not to the student’s family, friends or others.

      • If a student must miss class or an assignment for something other than illness or an emergency, the student should make arrangements with the instructor BEFORE the missed class or assignment; any arrangements after the event will require documentation with no exceptions.

      • Appropriate accommodations will be made for students with medical problems or diagnosed disabilities.  Have Dr. Richard Houston at the Reily Health Center (846-4690) contact the course instructor to make arrangements.


(3)  Class discussion is an important element in this course

      • The purpose of the discussion is to provide students with an opportunity to practice thinking skills in a safe environment.

      • In discussions, students are encouraged to explore ideas presented in the readings, lectures, and films, to think about and apply concepts, and to develop arguments and evaluate evidence.

      • Students must demonstrate appropriate respect the opinions and ideas of other students.  Students that repeatedly show disrespect for other students will be asked to leave the classroom.

      • Class discussions are not a time for students to chat with each other about topics not related to the course.  Talking privately with other students while the rest of the class is trying to carry on a discussion is disruptive, bothersome, and disrespectful to other students and to the professor.  Students that repeatedly talk out of turn will be asked to leave the classroom.

      • It is acceptable (and encouraged) to disagree with the perspectives of other students, but students should phrase this to show disagreement with the idea or opinion, not with the person presenting the idea or opinion.

      • Please make sure that all pagers, cell phones, etc. are turned off during class time.  Students whose phones or pagers repeatedly interrupt class will be asked to leave the classroom.

      • Students asked to leave the classroom for disruptive or disrespectful behavior cannot make up any work they miss as a result.


(4)  Students are expected to comply with all academic standards and ethics as defined in the DSU Bulletin and Handbook

      • Students are expected to do their own work in this course.  Plagiarism and other forms of cheating will not be tolerated.

      • Click here if you are unsure what constitutes plagiarism.  If it is still unclear, see the instructor.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO UNDERSTAND THESE GUIDELINES.  If at some point in the semester you are suspected of committing plagiarism, pleas of “I didn’t know what plagiarism was” will not be accepted.

      • The sanctions for plagiarism are outlined on the web page.  Make sure you are aware of these before you submit any work in this class.



Course Outline:




Week 1


Aug 18


Topic:  Introduction

Week 2


Aug 25

Review Syllabus
What is Globalization?


Week 3


Sep 1


Topic:  A Theoretical Overview of Globalization and Development

Week 4


Sep 8

Class Discussion on Reading

Video and Discussion: “Life and Debt”

McMichael, Ch. 1-3

Week 5


Sep 15

Class Discussion on Reading

Delta Connection

Teaching on Research Discussion

McMichael, Ch. 4-6

Week 6


Sep 22

Class Discussion on Reading

Critical Thinking Exercise

Teaching on Research Discussion

McMichael, Ch. 7-8

Topic:  A Mainstream Perspective on Globalization

Week 7


Sep 29

Class Discussion on Reading

Review of the News Discussion

Teaching on Research Discussion

Freidman, Ch. 1-7

Week 8


Oct 6

Class Discussion on Reading

Delta Connection

Guest Presentation: Dr. Mark Bonta

Friedman, Ch. 8-14

Week 9


Oct 13

Class Discussion on Reading

Critical Thinking Exercise


Friedman, Ch. 15-20

Topic:  The Global Financial System

Week 10


Oct 20

Class Discussion on Reading

Review of the News

Guest Presentation: Dr. Albert Nylander

Stiglitz, Ch. 1-3

Week 11


Oct 27

Class Discussion on Reading

Delta Connection

Teaching on Research Discussion

Stiglitz, Ch. 4-6

Week 12


Nov 3

Class Discussion on Reading

Teaching on Research Discussion

Guest Presentation: Dr. Garry Jennings

Stiglitz, Ch. 7-9

Topic:  A Critical Perspective on Globalization

Week 13


Nov 10

Class Discussion on Reading

Review of the News

Critical Thinking Exercise

Korten, Ch. 1-7

Week 14


Nov 17

Class Discussion on Reading

Delta Connection

Video and Discussion: TBA

Korten, Ch. 8-17

Week 15


Nov 24

Class Discussion on Reading

Review of the News


Korten, Ch. 18-23

Week 16


Dec 1



Exam Week






Other Resources:

Yale Global Online


International Forum on Globalization


The Globalization Website (Emory University)


The World Bank's Globalization page


IMF Issues Brief on Globalization


The Centre for Research on Globalization (Canada)


Global Policy Forum




Readings Assignments Grading Policies and Expectations Course Outline Other Resources