LSO440 - Globalization in the 20th Century and Beyond

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Subject Title
Globalization in the 20th Century and Beyond

Subject Description
The 20th century has experienced great social upheaval and transformation. We fought two world wars, saw the rise and fall of the Soviet communist regime, and witnessed the formal dismantling of European empires. We experienced dramatic technological change and the ascendancy of corporate capitalism as the primary global economic model. We have also witnessed unprecedented economic disparities and ecological hazards from air, water and soil pollution to global climate change. The 21st century promises to see these trends accelerate and intensify.

This course focuses on the examination of contemporary patterns of globalization in all its forms. It has been explicitly designed to address the following themes which are core elements of  "general education" in the Ontario college system. Throughout the course, in class, in readings and in written assignments, students will have the opportunity to explore topics in:

  • Arts and Society (e.g., the arts and popular culture as they reflect the diversity of cultural patterns and the influence of international communications on local traditions);
  • Civic Life (e.g., by understanding political systems and trends within systems with respect to the exercise of political power and the qualities of citizenship needed to respond to it);
  • Social and Cultural Understanding (e.g., by analyzing the effects of political economy and ideology on individual and collective behaviour and considering both centrifugal and centripetal forces as they apply to countries and regions);
  • Personal Understanding (e.g., by exploring the ways in which globalization, external cultural influences and questions of identity affect citizens in an increasingly integrated world);
  • Science and Technology (e.g., by explaining the impact and the limits of rationalism and empiricism and the practical effects of science and technology on our society and of technology as an autonomous and determining cultural force);
  • Work and the Economy (e.g., by learning how the mode, means and relations of production and distribution of goods and services help determine social formations, ideology and personal beliefs and behaviour).

Credit Status
One upper level Liberal Studies Option (LSO) for Seneca degree students.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the historical context of the tensions among multinational organizations (e.g., World Bank, World Trade Organization, United Nations), individual nation-states, multinational enterprises and market-driven mechanisms in the global economy.
  2. Analyze how forces of globalization are simultaneously bringing regions, nations and communities together (convergence) and creating political, economic, and social rifts in the international community.
  3. Explain how the inequity of benefits in today’s global economy threatens the stability of the system as a whole.
  4. Integrate research and analytical skills to gain critical understanding of the subject matter.
  5. Respond to written assignments in a coherent manner, using proper mechanics and the essay form.
  6. Demonstrate through written assignments an understanding of the central concepts in the course and course texts.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ENG 106 and one lower-level liberal studies (LSO) or Critical Thinking course.

Topic Outline
Keynesian Economics
Hayek Economics
Collapse of Capitalism
Collapse of Communism
Planned Economics
Economic Development
Free Trade
Global Capital Flows  

Mode of Instruction
Your professor will use a variety of appropriate teaching modes and techniques, such as the following:  interactive seminars, workshops, discussions, online learning, and lectures.

Prescribed Texts
   Lechner, Frank J. and John Boli, eds.    The Globalization Reader, Latest Edition. Wiley-Blackwell.

Reference Material
All students are required to use the following research guide for their assignments: Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide, found on the web at

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation


All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of an assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments will be subject to a late penalty resulting in a lower grade.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be arranged in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments.

Tests 10%
Essay 15%
Collaborative Assignment(s) 15%
Presentation 10%
Research Paper 25%
Final Exam 25%
Students are graded on form as well as content. Marks (up to 5% of the final grade) may be lost for poor organization of ideas and errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.

Students are not permitted to use instructional aids during tests or exams.

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood