Global Structure and Problems

Global Structure and Problems

  • Professor Bartley
  • This course examines social problems around the world and their relationship to globalization-that is, the increasing connectedness of social and economic life across borders. We will look at a range of problems-such as environmental degradation, labor exploitation, human rights abuses, ethnic conflict, poverty, and inequality-and their links to both personal experiences and larger social structures. The course is premised on the idea that to understand current global social problems, we have to understand the evolution of markets, states, civil society and social movements, gender hierarchies, ethnic categories, and global governance over the past century.