GBST 226
The Working Globe: North and South Workers in Globalized Production Fall 2023
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed SOC 226 / GBST 226

Class Details

The course introduces students to the concept of globalization of production by focusing on how workers from distant cities and villages across the Global North and South are joined together in the same transnational labor processes. We will reflect on case studies that trace the real-world production of everyday goods and services like automobiles, garments, retail, and electronics. We will map global supply chains and investigate how they exploit and reproduce global inequalities. Focusing specifically on the labor process and on the condition of workers, students will acquire a grounded perspective on the global economy, as well as on the dynamics underlying precarity, deindustrialization, and uneven development. The key guiding concern for the course will be to understand the relationship between workers of the North and South: Does global production place these workers in a relation of fundamental conflict, or can a community of interest emerge between them?
The Class: Format: seminar; Assignments will require group work and presentations
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1660
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class participation; 1-2 group presentations; 1 final paper
Prerequisites: None, open to all students
Enrollment Preferences: Preference given to ANTH/SOC majors and GBST concentrators
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
SOC 226 Division II GBST 226 Division II
DPE Notes: Primarily the course investigates how historical inequalities between countries are reproduced by centering production relations and the site of work. Students will delve deeply into the inequality between workers of the global North and South, and they will also encounter situations where these differences intersect with racial and gendered dynamics.

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