Syllabus - INTB 3352 – POLITICS OF GLOBALIZATION – SPRING...

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INTB 3352 – POLITICS OF GLOBALIZATION – SPRING 2010 – WEDNESDAY SECTIONInstructor: Dr. Long S. LeE-mail: [email protected]Phone: 713-743-1142(Note: Please do not use Prof. Le’s Blackboard email to reach him)Office Hours: M: 10-12; W-1-2:30, or by appointmentOffice Room: Melcher Hall, 325 BCourse DescriptionThe Politics of Globalization (Cr.3) is Junior Standing. The course is designed to examine the current political dimensions of globalization, emphasizing changing notions of state sovereignty, the emergence of non state actors, and the expansion of world organizations based on international law.This course is a hybrid course. One component consists of the traditional face-to-face classroom setting, while the other component is taught via Blackboard Vista. The in-class component is to enhance the students’ understanding of course materials with lectures, class assignments, class discussions, and various other activities. The online component via Blackboard Vista will consist of weekly online assignments and readings, interactive online discussions, and other instructional media methods. Two exams, 1 country case report, and class assignments are required for this course. Extra credit points added to the two exams, as well as to the final grade, are available.Class Reading Materials1) ALL READING MATERIALS WILL BE MADE AVAILABE THROUGH BLACKBOARD VISTA. THERE ARE NO REQUIRED TEXT BOOKS.The assigned readings are to be completed prior to attending class lectures. Assigned reading materials should be brought to class.Course Learning ObjectivesStudents completing the course should be able to understand and participate intelligently in the ongoing public debates on global issues. Students completing this course will understand: the political perspectives/theoretical explanations of globalization and the international economy; placing globalization in the age of nonpolarity and of globalization’s missing middle;the commodities of globalization such as oil and the emergence of the petro-states;how domestic politics affect financial services and whether there will be backlash to some aspects of globalization;how globalization affects the transformation of the nation-state including the diffusion of power, market liberalization and democratization; the proliferation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and their transnational activism;the development of global institutions and their effectiveness on issues such as human rights, environmental issues, extreme poverty, and illegal trade in drugs, arms, intellectual property, and people;
and on becoming a global citizen and a social entrepreneur.The primary assessment of students’ accomplishment of the course learning objectives is based on performance on the mid-term and final exam. See Course Requirements.

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