Social Change and Modernization in the Western World
CGS SS 102
This course examines the processes of modernization and social change in the West and Middle Ages to the present. The historical phenomena of industrialization, liberalism, nationalism, imperialism, socialism, communism, fascism, and globalization--all of which are associated with modernization as it took place in the 19th and 20th centuries--are examined both in their historical contexts and within the framework of the classical sociological theories of social change. The historical case study offers the students a vehicle for analyzing in depth the impact of these phenomena on the life, institutions, and ways of thinking in Western societies.