Learning Objectives

  • Contrast democracy and dictatorship.
  • Outline who rules the United States using the perspectives of structural/functional and conflict/critical theories.
  • Explain how global politics affect war and terrorism, geopolitics, and the nation-state.
  • Describe the U.S. economy’s transition from industrialization to deindustrialization.
  • Discuss how work, consumption, and leisure shape our understanding of the economy.
  • Describe the effects of globalization on the world economy.