Consider the ways in which human groups have been interconnected for thousands of years. Understand what distinguishes "the modern world system," how it originated, and its constituent parts, particularly with Wallerstein's theory in mind.
Be able to discuss the causes of the Industrial Revolution. Understand how and why the Industrial Revolution began in England and not France.
Know how industrialization led to social stratification in western Europe. Be familiar with how Karl Marx and Max Weber differed in their analysis of stratification systems associated with industrialization, as well as what features of the contemporary world system complicate their analyses.
Know the difference between colonialism and imperialism.
Be able to broadly compare and contrast French and British colonialism.
Understand how colonialism affected geopolitical and ethnic distinctions around the world. Be able to discuss the subject matter and approach of postcolonial studies.
Be able to identify the defining characteristics of an intervention philosophy. In particular, be familiar with neoliberalism and the social effects of neoliberal policies in contemporary postsocialist nations.
Understand the broad defining characteristics of communism and socialism. Be able to discuss the most common social problems in contemporary postsocialist nations undergoing transition.
Understand how the world system operates today. Know how the modern world system has been shaped through European and Euro-American colonialism and imperialism. Be able to discuss how the expansion of the world system and industrialization has entailed forms of genocide, ethnocide, and ecocide.