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HIST 411  Globalization, Wealth, and Inequality in the West Since 1945  Units: 3.00  
Examines the major contours of Western capitalism and the emergence of a more integrated global marketplace since 1945. Topics include: the rise in prosperity followed by the rise in income inequality since the 1970s; technological change; the 'downsizing' phenomenon; related trends in social policy. A balance of pro and con literature on 'globalization' will be examined.
Learning Hours: 144 (36 Seminar, 108 Private Study)  
Requirements: Prerequisite Registration in a HIST Major or Joint Honours Plan and a minimum grade of C+ in 6.0 units from HIST 300-330. Exclusion HIST 410/6.0.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Study the long historical roots of our contemporary ‘globalized’ economy and society.
  2. Consider contentious debates from differing political viewpoints.
  3. Engage with the literature linking globalization to the declining fortunes of the working class.
  4. Read widely in various disciplines including economic history, political science and sociology.
  5. Research and write papers grounded in a wide variety of sources including official government documents, think tank reports, and the work of the World Bank, IMF, and the OECD. Acquire fluency in historical statistics.