Sociology of Globalization

Humanities & Social Sciences
Course Code
SOCI 2225
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course introduces the process of globalization and its consequences on the lives of people at the local, national, and international levels. It provides students with a critical sociological understanding of the economic, social, cultural, technological, and political aspects of globalization. It demonstrates how politics, power structures, cultural expectations, and agency influence the manner in which we define and explain globalization.
Course Content
  1. Neo-liberalism and the ‘free market’ economy
  2. Westernization, Easternization, and Americanization
  3. Globalization and localization
  4. Globalization, culture, and communication
  5. Globalization and the economics of happiness
  6. Globalization the politics of disciplining
  7. Globalization and global inequalities
  8. Globalization and transnationalism
  9. Globalization and resistance
Methods Of Instruction

The course will employ a number of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some or all of the following:

  • small and large group discussions
  • audio-visual materials
  • seminar presentations
  • lectures (including guest lectures)
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College Evaluation policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.

A sample grade breakdown for this course might be as follows:

  • Attendance and participation: 10%
  • Written assignments: 30%
  • Midterm exam: 25%
  • Final exam: 35%

Students may conduct research with human participants as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the successful student will be able to:

  1. Explain the key debates, concepts, and ethics of globalization
  2. Describe the economic, social, cultural, technological, and political aspects of globalization
  3. Illustrate the contending viewpoints on the course and consequences of globalization
  4. Discuss a range of mechanisms and approaches utilized to combat the negative consequences of globalization
  5. Locate, evaluate, and use relevant literature as well as cite and acknowledge knowledge sources
  6. Explain the critical roles that powerful states, multilateral institutions, and transnational institutions play in the globalization process
  7. Demonstrate generic skills such as teamwork and cooperation, leadership, organization, and presentation
Textbook Materials

Below is a sample text that could be used in this course:

Ritzer, G. and Dean, P. Globalization: A Basic Text. Latest Edition.


Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for SOCI 2225
Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX SOCI 2XX (3)
Athabasca University (AU) AU SOCI 3XX (3)
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO SOC 200 (3)
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR SOCI 2XX (3)
Columbia College (COLU) COLU SOCI 2nd (3)
Coquitlam College (COQU) COQU SOCI 2XX (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU SOCI 2XXX (3)
LaSalle College Vancouver (LCV) LCV SOC 2XX (3)
Okanagan College (OC) OC SOCI 304 (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU SA 2XX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SOCI 2XXX (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU SOCI 315 (3)
University Canada West (UCW) UCW SOC 2XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO SOCI 295 (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV SOCI 2nd (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC SOSC 2XX (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV SOC 2XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC SOCI 2XX (1.5)
Vancouver Community College (VCC) VCC SOCI 2XXX (3)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU GLST 212 (3)
Yorkville University (YVU) YVU GES 2XXX (3)

Course Offerings

Summer 2022

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.