Introduction to Global Studies

I.     Course Prefix/Number: SSC 201

       Course Name: Introduction to Global Studies

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course focuses on an interdisciplinary examination of global interdependence.  It introduces students to various disciplines within the social sciences and the distinct perspectives and approaches used by social scientists in seeking to understand the process of globalization.  Content includes an examination of historical, ecological, cultural, technological and political-economic global developments.  Multidisciplinary approach uses perspectives from two or more of the following disciplines: history, economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology and/or political science.

IV.   Learning Objectives

After completing this course, students will:

  1. Understand and explain the distinctions between the disciplinary approaches and methodologies used by practitioners in various social science disciplines.
  2. Learn the vocabulary and concepts associated with “globalization” as used by social scientists across various disciplines.
  3. Gain a fundamental understanding of the historical origins of globalization and its impacts on various regions and peoples of the globe.
  4. Be able to describe the social, cultural, economic, and/or political characteristics of contemporary “globalization” (mass migration, disease transmission, economic integration, war and peace, etc.) and how these developments impact their lives.
  5. Be able to explain the roles and impacts of key actors in the globalization process (nation-states, non-governmental organizations, multinational corporations, etc.)
  6. Understand the human interconnections (economic, political, cultural, etc.) across national and regional boundaries.
  7. Be able to understand the relationships between human activities and the environment.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. History and Economic Development
  2. Debt and Its Impact on Social and Political Life
  3. Technology, Mass Media and Culture
  4. Changing Centers of Industrialization and Impacts on Societies
  5. Urbanization and Mass Society
  6. Energy Demands and the Depletion of Resources
  7. Conservation and Environmental Sustainability
  8. Women and Modernization
  9. Migration and Impacts on Sending and Receiving Cultures and Societies
  10. The Changing Nature of Labor

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, discussion, extensive readings.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Reading: Texts, trade books, news publications and other periodicals.
  2. Writing: This course relies on the student's ability to read and understand college-level text material. Students will be required to write for the class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded. This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of journal articles, and/or a series of shorter, analytical papers.
  3. Oral presentation: Presentation of papers.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Current and suitable texts, trade books and periodicals such as:

Smallman, Shawn and Kimberly Brown (2011). Introduction to International and Global Studies. University of North Carolina Publishing.

Marks, Robert (2007). The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-First Century (2nk Edition). Rowman and Littlefield Publishing.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Essay exams, short papers, and oral presentation of short papers.

XI.   Other Course Information

Class policy on make-up exams, incomplete grade, late assignments, etc.  Students are expected to take exams with the class, alternative arrangement only with instructor's consent.  Incompletes with negotiated agreement with the instructor.

Support services, e.g., Learning Center, Instructional Media Services, Library.  Support services are always available.  Instructor may suggest specific help for learning disabled or ESL students or other students who need specialized help.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.