Fall 2019 - SA 362 D100

Society and the Changing Global Division of Labour (S) (4)

Class Number: 5874

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Mon, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Yildiz Atasoy
    Office: AQ 5082
    Office Hours: Mo 17:30-18:30
  • Prerequisites:

    SA 101 or 150 or 201W.



An examination of the social and political implications of the global economy. Topics to be considered include the influence of neo-liberal economics, the decline of the national welfare state, transnational political agencies and public policy, the internationalization of culture, the global labour market, the 'world city' hypothesis, ethnic resurgence and alternatives to these developments.


The history and trajectory of societies involve specific configurations of territories, landscapes and food-getting that interact with social class, gender and ethnic relations. These take shape within—and help shape—the character of the global system in different historical periods. Thus, the course addresses historical and global dimensions of the social and natural, including the endless process of commodification of land, labour and food. Through a program of focused readings, critical analysis of international news, in-depth class discussion, case studies, historical investigation and film materials, the course stimulates a discussion on the restructuring of capitalist modernity from the colonial to the neoliberal era in the global system, animated by powerful discourses of civilization, development, poverty, economic growth, ecological sustainability, and food security. Throughout, the course aims to develop an alternative framework for reorganizing territory around the global commons and ‘bioregions’ that is attentive to livelihood, democracy, non-market values of well-being, and citizenship issues, along with actual and potential resistance movements.


  • Written summaries (2 x 15%) 30%
  • Class presentation 30%
  • Critical journal 25%
  • Presenting international news of the week 5%
  • Participation 10%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy: The Department of Sociology and Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01‐S10.04). Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style.  It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html.    



McMichael, P. (2017). Development and social change: A global perspective, 6th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
ISBN: 978-1-452275901

Additional course reading will be distributed.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html