Semester 182


Firstly, ‘Globalization’ is a fascinating subject that affects each and every one of us—as well as being highly relevant to both your current studies and your future careers. In addition, the socio-economic changes we have witnessed in Saudi Arabia recently have made the subject even more relevant to our lives. Therefore, this course is designed to be interactive and engaging and for this reason, your input and active participation is highly desirable. In other words, “you get back what you put in”. For that reason, you are encouraged to contribute to class discussions, because without a doubt your individual contribution will add to our collective knowledge.  Secondly, it is extremely important to remember that our course involves the academic study of globalization. Thus, our role is not to decide what is right or wrong or good or bad, but rather to analyze the subject by thinking critically about globalization today, i.e. we need to be objective and consider all arguments.

TEXTBOOK: Baylis, Smith & Owens (2014). The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. I will provide you with a course folder that includes the copies of the six sections we will use in class: Part I, Part II, Part III, etc. You MUST bring your course folder to every class. In addition, a PDF copy of the material will be uploaded to Blackboard 9.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: I will post class PowerPoint slides, as well as key vocabulary and terminology etc. on Blackboard on a weekly basis. In addition, I will post relevant articles, and links to videos and other items of interest. You will also be able to follow me on own Twitter Globalization class account: @DrMarkGS

First Midterm Exam 20%
Second Midterm Exam 20%
Attendance and Participation 10%
Quizzes & Tasks 10%
Project 10%
Final Exam 30%