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Global Sociology

Our social circles are changing. The people we share our big news with were once only the people we saw routinely but now include even acquaintances from old jobs or elementary school. Pen pals across an ocean used to be a novelty, but now there’s no escaping interacting with people all over the world on a daily basis. As our world changes, we increasingly need experts with a global perspective who understand the way our cultures mingle together. Whether you’re interested in graduate school or going directly to work in social services or policy, here at Loyno we can equip you with the skills to make it happen.

Overview of Courses

In addition to our foundational sociology core, you will complete a sociology research project and internship and choose electives from the global sociology track for this concentration. Here’s a sample of what you can expect to learn and do:

  • Global Sociology
    This course examines relationships between and among countries at different levels of social and economic development; the social and cultural impacts of the increased globalization of production and trade; and how processes of globalization are shaping international discussions of human rights, the environment, religion, and traditional cultures.
  • Global Environmental Crisis 
    This course provides students with a general exploration and analysis of the biophysical, cultural, and socio-political roots of our global environmental crisis. Emphasis is placed on the three core issues driving most of the earth’s ecological problems today: human population growth, resource consumption, and energy use/climate change. Moreover, the course also highlights how development and globalization processes contribute to a range of socio-environmental problems for impoverished, underdeveloped nations in the periphery. Overall, the readings, films, lectures, and discussion challenge students to become more environmentally informed and critical thinkers about the planet they inhabit, its current trends, and what can be done to create a more socially just and sustainable future.
  • Cultural Anthropology
    This course focuses on the social and cultural diversity of groups living in different parts of the world and seeks to explain how and why people’s behaviors are both similar and different. This course also examines the relationships between and among culture and economic systems, social structures, politics, and the environment.

Sociology Course Information

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