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Sociology of Globalization

Course Code: SOCI 2225
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

course prerequisites

SOCI 1125 OR SOCI 1145 OR SOCI 1155

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.