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Global Social Problems: Analyses and Solutions
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modernization theory
dependency theory
global inequalities

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Lyman, Elizabeth. 2011. “Global Social Problems: Analyses and Solutions”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, November. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


Through a research paper and presentation, students are able to show an in-depth understanding of a global social problem as well as their ability to use development and modernization theory in interpreting that social problem. In addressing the social problem of their choice, students must be able to identify the cause and context of the social problem,...

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College 400
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Usage Notes

The required texts (see below) for this class are "Challenging Global Inequality: Development Theory and Practice in the 21st Century" by Alastair Greig, David Hulme, and Mark Turner (2007), and "The Globalization Reader," edited by Frank J. Lechner and John Boli (2012). The text by Greig, Hulme, and Turner focuses on development, development theory, and...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. With this assignment, I aim to have students:-Be fully aware of a global social problem-Demonstrate an understanding of modernization and dependency theory through application-Be familiar with or be able to create a remedy for a global social prob

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Students are evaluated on their:-Demonstration of understanding development and modernization theory-Ability to apply these theories to a global social problem-Knowledge of potential remedies and/or remedying agencies or movements-Quality of pre

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