Global Cultures and Society

University of California - Irvine

Offers a general overview of the rise of global interdependence in political, economic, demographic, and cultural terms. Considers what drove people from relative isolation into intensified intercourse with one another, and investigates the consequences of this shift.
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ANTHRO 41A Syllabus for DOUGLAS, T. — Fall 2018

IS11: Origins of Global Interdependence - Fall 2018
(Cross-listed as Anthro 41a)
Tom Douglas, PhD Office Location: SBSG 3343
Dept. of Anthropology Office Hours: Tues. 5:45 - 6:45 pm
or by appointment
Lecture: Tue. 7:00 – 9:50 pm Room: PSLH-100
Course Code 64010 (IS 11)
Course Code 60105 (Anthro 41a)
Discussion Sections - Weekly discussion section attendance is mandatory. Please note
that discussion sections will begin the week of Oct. 8!
W 12:00-12:50p
SSTR 102
(same as 64011 Intl St 11, Dis 1)
Th 3:00- 3:50p
ICS 213
(same as 64012 Intl St 11, Dis 2)
W 1:00- 1:50p
SSTR 102
(same as 64013 Intl St 11, Dis 3)
Th 5:00- 5:50p
HH 118
(same as 64014 Intl St 11, Dis 4)
Th 6:00- 6:50p
SST 238
(same as 64015 Intl St 11, Dis 5)
Th 7:00- 7:50p
SSL 145
(same as 64016 Intl St 11, Dis 6)
Th 8:00- 8:50p
SSL 145
(same as 64017 Intl St 11, Dis 7)
F 9:00- 9:50
SSTR 100
(same as 64018 Intl St 11, Dis 8)
F 10:00-10:50
SSTR 100
(same as 64019 Intl St 11, Dis 9)
F 11:00-11:50
SSTR 100
(same as 64020 Intl St 11, Dis 10)
F 12:00-12:50p
SSTR 100
(same as 64021 Intl St 11, Dis 11)
F 1:00- 1:50p
SE2 1306
(same as 64022 Intl St 11, Dis 12)
F 2:00- 2:50p
SSL 145
(same as 64023 Intl St 11, Dis 13)
F 3:00- 3:50p
SST 120
(same as 64024 Intl St 11, Dis 14)
F 4:00- 4:50p
SST 120
(same as 64025 Intl St 11, Dis 15)
Course Description:
This is a core course for the International Studies major. It seeks to give students an
overview of the rise of global interdependence (what is often popularly referred to as
“globalization”) – in political, economic and cultural terms. In this course we will seek
to critically assess the received notions of the rise of “civilization” as presented in
popular Western histories and the accompanying stories of European dominance. We
will be examining and investigating some of the core concepts of International Studies
and the roots of modern society including: the nation-state, sovereignty, the market,
capitalism, and liberty.
We will be examining these cultural constructions, their origins and developments,
through the perspective of cultural anthropology. We will explore feudalism,
colonialism, capitalism, nationalism, religion and globalization with an anthropological
lens. The goal of this course is to provide students with some essential background to the
modern world, how we arrived upon a so-called “globalized” world and how difficult and
painful this process has been. At the same time, it is hoped that by looking at the array of
cultural achievements of the past, students will gain insights into resolving the problems
of our "globalized" world today.
Course Requirements:
This course is designed to help you increase your critical thinking, reading and writing
skills. Your attendance, as well as keeping up with the readings, is essential in order for
you to successfully complete this course.
Discussion Section Attendance:
Discussion sections will begin meeting the week of Oct. 8. Please note that if you do not
attend the section in which you are formally enrolled you will not receive credit. All
students must be enrolled in a discussion section and attend that section weekly.
Discussion section attendance is worth 10% of the total possible points for this class.
Please note that you will not receive an A in this class is you do not attend regular
discussion sections.
Midterm Exam:
There will be one midterm exam for this course. It will consist of scantron style
questions. The midterm will count for 30% of the total possible points for this class. You
must be prepared to show your UCI Campus ID when taking the midterm.
Final Exam:
There will be a final exam for this course. It will consist of essay, short answer, and
scantron style questions. The final exam will be somewhat cumulative, but will focus on
the second half of the quarter. However, ideas and concepts from the first half of the
quarter will remain relevant and should not be forgotten. The final exam will count for
40% of the total possible points for this class. You must be prepared to show your UCI
Campus ID when taking the final.
Policy on Missed Exams:
Exams must be taken at the scheduled time unless you have prior approval to take it at
another time from the class instructor. Missed exams cannot be made up except in the
case of a documented medical emergency.
International Issues Project:
You will maintain a small “scrapbook” of international newspaper articles relevant to a
particular, current international topic. You will write an analysis of these newspaper
articles in a 2000-word-minimum essay. Further instructions will be given on this
assignment. This paper will be worth 20% of the class's possible points
Policy on Grades Assigned and Grade Changes Grades are assigned based on my
evaluation of your performance on papers and exams. I will not change a grade because
you feel that you “deserved” a better grade or are accustomed to earning a higher grade.
Grades are based on my level of satisfaction with your course work. Grades are non-
negotiable. However, I will certainly change a grade if an error in calculating your score
has occurred.
Policy on Cheating and PlagiarismThis class has a zero-tolerance policy for
cheating, plagiarism and any other forms of academic dishonesty. All work must be the
student’s own original work. Any form of cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated
and either action will result in a grade of “F” for the class (not just the assignment and
referral to campus administration for further possible disciplinary action.
Email Etiquette – Emails should be used for serious, urgent, or emergency situations
only. Most of your questions can be addressed during regular office hours. Please
remember that professors and TAs answer emails as a courtesy to students, but if it is not
an emergency situation then it is usually best to come to office hours. Disrespectful,
impolite or otherwise inappropriate emails will be deleted. Please do not try to phone
the office I use. I share the office with other lecturers and I do not receive any
phone messages there. Thank you!
Course Grading System:
Midterm 300 points
Final Exam 400 points
Section Attendance 100 points
Course Project 200 points
Total 1000 possible points
Grading - Grading in this class will be based on a 1000 point scale
A = 930-1000
A- = 900- 929
B+ = 870-899
B = 830-869
B- = 800-829
C+ = 770-799
C = 730-769
C- = 700-729
D+ = 670-699
D = 630-669
D- = 600-629
F = 599 and below
Additional Course Policies
· DROPS: Must be submitted by 5PM of week 2 using the WebReg system. No
late drops after week 2.
· ADDS: Must be submitted by 5PM of week 3 using the WebReg system. No
late adds after week 3
· CHANGE: Must be submitted by 5PM of week 2 using the WebReg
system. From week 3 through 6, you must use the Student Access system to submit a
request for a grade option change. . No late grade option changes after week 6.
Students with Disabilities:
If you anticipate needing any type of an academic accommodation in this course or have
questions about physical access, please discuss this with me during the first week of class
AND please register with the Disability Services Center (
In order for you to receive any type of academic accommodation, I will need formal
notification from the Disability Services Center during the first two weeks of the quarter
of the type of academic accommodations to which your disability entitles you.
Academic dishonesty:
University policy and unfortunate experiences compel the following statement of
principle: Students who engage in plagiarism or cheating as defined by official
university policy will automatically receive a ZERO as their grade on the assignment on
which they plagiarized or the quiz or test on which they cheated. No exceptions. Other
actions consistent with university policy may also be taken where deemed appropriate.
Additional notes on plagiarism: in all of your writing, you must identify the nature and
extent of your intellectual indebtedness to the authors whose work you have read, or to
anyone else from whom you have gotten ideas (classmates, etc.). Failure to acknowledge
and properly attribute your reliance on someone else’s ideas, thoughts, words, research,
theories, evidence, findings, or argument is PLAGIARISM. Failing to provide page
numbers for quotations or paraphrasing in a paper, or paraphrasing or summarizing the
work of others without acknowledging the source in the text of your paper is
PLAGIARISM. Plagiarism is wrong, unethical and dishonest.
If you have questions, please see the UCI Academic Senate Policy on Academic Honesty
( )
Course Evaluations:
Course evaluations: The window for evaluations this quarter will be announced to all
students via campus email.
The following three texts are required readings for this course and are available for
purchase in the UCI bookstore.
The Colonizer's Model of the World
by J. M. Blaut
The Guilford Press, NY/London
The Broken Spears; The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
Miguel Leon-Portilla, ed.
Beacon Press, Boston
Please note that a PDF version of this book is available on our course website so you may
wish to use the PDF version rather than purchase the hard copy. However, be aware that
the PDF version does not include all of the footnotes and comments that are included
with the hard copy.
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
by Max Weber/ Intro by Randall Collins
Roxbury Publishing Company, Los Angeles
(English Version)
Please note that a PDF version of this book is available on our course website so you may
wish to use the PDF version rather than purchase the hard copy. However, be aware that
the PDF version does not include all of the footnotes and comments that are included
with the hard copy.
Course Schedule
Class One Oct. 2 - Class Introduction
Class Introduction – Syllabus overview and course requirements
Fables from the West about the West
300 – video clip
The Mummy - video clip
The European Miracle? Tales of World History.
Class Two – Oct. 9 - The Orient Express
A brief look at some early human civilizations
Reading: Blaut, skim through Ch 1., please read Ch. 2
Film: Indus: The Unvoiced Civilization
Class Three Oct. 16 - Tributary Societies & the Medieval Period
Please note that Discussion Sections begin meeting on Monday Oct. 9
A brief look at the Middle Ages
Astrology, the Microcosmos, and the Body Politic
Modes of Production (handout will be distributed)
Reading: Blaut, Ch. 3
Film: Islam Empire of Faith
Will post instructions for course paper online this week
Class Four – Oct. 23 - The Conquest of the New World
Cortez meets Montezuma
Reading: Requerimiento (distributed in class)
Film: The Conquistadors
Reading: Broken SpearsRead All
Class FiveOct. 30 - The Conquest of the New World Cont’d.
Martin Luther, the Individual, and Feudal Hierarchy
Reading: Martin Luther’s 95 Theses (will be posted online)
Film Excerpt: Baron Munchausen excerpts if time permits
***Please submit a one paragraph, TYPED explanation of the topic you have
chosen for your course paper in class today. Please include your email address on
your submission...thanks!
Professor will post review sheet for the midterm online this week
Class Six – Nov. 6 - ***Midterm Tonight!*** -
The Midterm will be administered during the first half of class (90 minutes).
Class Seven – Nov. 13- The Protestant Reformation Introduced
Martin Luther, The 95 Theses, and Emperor Charles
Movie Excerpts: Elizabeth
Reading: Blaut Ch 4
Class Eight – Nov. 20 - The Protestant Reformation Continued
Henry VIII - Sovereignty and the Church of England
Calvinism and Money
Reading: Weber Ch. 1& 2
****Term Paper Due in Class Today – Tues., Nov. 20***
Class Nine – Nov. 27 – Protestant Reformation, Capitalism and the Nature of Zero
The Thirty Year’s War and The Treaty of Westphalia
The Emergence of the Nation-State System
Reading: Weber chap. 3
Professor will post final exam review sheet online
Class Ten Dec. 4Growth of Capitalism & Decline of Feudalism: The Emergence
of a New Socio-Economic State System
The English Civil War
Oliver Cromwell and the Puritan Rebellion
The Glorious Revolution of 1688
Reading: Weber chap. 5
Final exam review sheet will be posted online this week
******Final Exam – Tues., Dec. 11, 2018- 7:00-9:00pm*****

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