The course—Social Analysis 78, “Globalization and Its Critics”—will investigate the cultural, political and economic effects of globalization, according to the course description now available on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Registrar’s website.
“It examines the consequences of globalization for poverty and development, labor and the environment, national sovereignty, international conflict, political identity, cultural diversity, and democratic governance,” the course description reads. “It considers competing perspectives on issues such as outsourcing, free trade versus protectionism, the relation between democracy and capitalism, and the backlash against globalization.”
Based on class enrollment figures from the 2003-2004 term, Summers and Sandel are two of the most sought-after faculty members at Harvard. Summers offered a seminar for first-years last semester, Freshman Seminar 47t, “Globalization,” to which hundreds of students applied for 16 spots. Sandel attracted 903 students to his perennial Core favorite Moral Reasoning 22, “Justice,” easily the most popular course at the College last year.
Sandel wrote in an e-mail that “Justice” will not be offered this year, but said that he would return to teaching the course in the fall 2005 semester.
Alex J. Lee ’06 reflected the sentiments of several students when he wrote in an e-mail that he would shop “Globalization and Its Critics” simply because of the professors teaching the course.