• Length:
    4 Weeks
  • Effort:
    2–3 hours per week
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  • Level:
    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcript:
    English

Prerequisites

None; SOC 101 highly recommended, SOC 102 recommended.

About this course

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What possibilities exist for a fairer world? Can one person truly make a difference? In this social sciences course, we sample the possibilities and limits of social change in an interconnected, inequitable global landscape.

This course features in-depth examinations of the rise of garment work for Bangladeshi women, a labor strike in a Mexican suit factory, anti-sweatshop activism in China, and a chat with the president of one of the oldest textile manufacturers in the U.S.

Global Sociology is recommended but not required. Let’s start to understand how social change really works.

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What you'll learn

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  • How globalization transforms local communities
  • How the conditions of labor exploitation vary across countries and times
  • How activism and protest fit into the study of global sociology

Meet your instructors

Smitha Radhakrishnan
Associate Professor of Sociology
Wellesley College

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