POSC 33123 Instructor: Dr. M. Dorraj
Fall 2012 Office: Scharbauer # 2012D
Office Hours: M: 9-11:30 a.m. Phone: 817-257-6097.
Or by appointment EMail:M.Dorraj@tcu.edu
The last three decades of the 20th century ushered in tumultuous changes in the political
landscape, changes that would have an indelible impact on the emerging society of 21st century.
We live in an important historical juncture that is marked by a shift in paradigm. As the world
around us, partially spurred by the intended and unintended consequences of technological
revolution, changes rapidly, so should our mental map of the world. But, unfortunately, our
consciousness lags behind the unfolding complexity marked by global economic
interdependence, the satellite communication, and the shrinking of the world, what we
euphemistically call globalization.
This course is designed to provide a forum for analysis and discussion of some of the most
significant and vexing issues of global politics and political economy in the post-Cold War and
the Post-Modern era in the context of globalization, and the intellectual debates surrounding it.
While the attempt is to dissect these issues on their own terms, we would also discuss the
challenges they pose to the U.S. foreign policy and the global community in the new millennium.
Some of the key concepts discussed in this course include, the impact of global economic
interdependence, high-tech and the rise of social media, inequality, environmental degradation,
migration, hybrid identity and religious revivalism.
Students enrolled in this course should be able to
1. Define globalization and comprehend its multifaceted dimensions.
2. Appreciate the economic, political and cultural impact of globalization.
3. Understand the relationship between globalization and inequality.
4. Comprehend the leading role of the United States in the process of globalization and the
challenges that globalization poses to U.S. foreign policy.
George Ritzer, Globalization: A Basic Text , 2010)
Dilip Hiro, After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World, 2011
Robert Reich, Aftershock: The Next Economy and the American Future, 2012
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Evaluation and Grading
Your grade would be determined on the basis of your performance in a research paper, (20-25
pages), one oral presentation, one book review ( 5-7 pages ) and a comprehensive final exam.
The proposed topics for the paper would be discussed in class.
Research paper 30%
Exam 1 20%
Oral presentation 10%
Book Review 15%
Comprehensive final exam 20%
Class participation 5%
(90-100=A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, 0-59=F)
Course outline and the Reading Assignment
Week 1: Defining Globalization Ritzer, PP.1-32.
Week 1: The debates over Globalization Ritzer, PP.33-62.
Week 2: Globalization: A Historical Analysis Ritzer, PP. 63-107.
Week 2: Alternative Perspectives on Globalization Ritzer, PP. 109-138.
Week 3: Global Political Structures and Processes Ritzer, PP.139- 170.
Week 3: Globalization and the New Structure of Global Economy Ritzer, PP.171-242.
Week 4: Globalization, Culture, and Identity Ritzer, PP.243-276.
Week 5: Globalization and High -Technology Ritzer, PP.277-295.
Week 6: Globalization and Migration Ritzer, PP.296-334.
Week7 : Globalization and Environmental Degradation Ritzer, PP. 335-364
*** Exam 1: Monday, October 1st
Week 8: Globalization, Disease, Crime, Terrorism and War Ritzer, PP. 365-399.
Week 9: Globalization and Inequality Ritzer, PP.401-474.
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Week 10: Globalization, Resistance, and the Future Ritzer, PP. 475-504.
A changing World: The new strategic map of politics in a globalized world
****Oral Presentations Begin****
Week 11: America’s Place in the World: Eclipsed by Wars and Financial Meltdown
Hiro: PP: 25-86.
Week 11: Return of the Russian Bear Hiro: PP: 87-116.
Week 12: Iran and Venezuela Hiro: PP: 117-146
Week 13: The rise of China Hiro:PP: 147-185.
Week 14: India Strives & European Union: Work in Progress Hiro:PP: 187-205 & 207-218.
Week 15: Democracy: One size does not fit all & Soft Power Challenges to America
Hiro: PP: 219-249.
Week 15: Future Flash points and the Challenges ahead: Hiro: PP: 251-297.
****Oral Presentations End****
****Thanks giving Recess: Thursday, November 22rd-Sunday, November 25th****
Disabilities Statement and Services:
Texas Christian University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 regarding students with disabilities.
Eligible students seeking accommodations should contact the Coordinator of Services for
Students with Disabilities in the Center for Academic Services located in Sadler Hall, 11.
Accommodations are not retroactive, therefore, students should contact the Coordinator
as soon as possible in the term for which they are seeking accommodations. Further
information can be obtained from the Center for Academic Services, TCU Box 297710,
Fort Worth, TX 76129, or at (817) 257-7486.
Adequate time must be allowed to arrange accommodations and accommodations are not
retroactive; therefore, students should contact the Coordinator as soon as possible in the
academic term for which they are seeking accommodations. Each eligible student is
responsible for presenting relevant, verifiable, professional documentation and/or
assessment reports to the Coordinator. Guidelines for documentation may be found at
Students with emergency medical information or needing special arrangements in case a
building must be evacuated should discuss this information with their instructor/professor
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as soon as possible.
According to Section 3.4 of the Student Handbook, “any act that violates the academic integrity
of the institution is considered academic misconduct.” Procedures used to resolve suspected acts
of academic misconduct are available in the offices of the academic deans and the Office of
Campus Life. Specific Examples include but are not limited to:
Cheating: Copying from another student’s test paper, other report or computer files and listings;
using during any academic exercise material and /or devices not authorized by the person in
charge of the test; collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during at test;
knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting or soliciting in its entirety or in part, the
contents of a test or other assignment unauthorized for release; substituting for another student or
permitting another student to substitute for oneself.
Plagiarism: The appropriation, theft, purchase or use by any means of another person’s work
and unacknowledged submission or incorporation of that work as one’s own work offered for
credit. Appropriation includes quoting or purchasing another’s work without giving credit.
Collusion: Unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing work offered for credit.
Academic dishonesty and the detection of plagiarism would result in your failing the
course. TCU has the software Turn it in available to its faculty that allows them to detect
the research papers that are download from the internet or cut and paste from other
sources without attribution.
Your oral Presentations would be based on After Empire and your book review would be
on the book Aftershock.
Book Reviews of the Aftershock is due Monday November 26th.
Research Papers are due on Monday, December 3rd.
Instructions for the research paper, the book review and the exams would be given
**** Final Exam: Friday, December 14th, 3-5:30 p.m.****