Global 2 Syllabus


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GLOBAL 2: INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL SOCIOECONOMIC AND POLITICAL PROCESSES M ONDAY - W EDNESDAY 3:30-4:45 B ROIDA 1610 FALL 2008 Rich Appelbaum Phone: 893-7230 Office: HSSB 3043 Email: Office Hours: T 1:30-3:30 Purpose: This interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce students to the study of global socioeconomic and political processes, interactions, and changes that affect the contemporary world. “Global” processes are those that affect people throughout the world regardless of national boundaries – for example, global warming, global commodity production chains, currency devaluations, migrations, and transnational ethnic and religious movements. In the last two decades, since most of you were born, the world has changed radically. The global “Cold War” has been replaced by countless local conflicts, often driven by ethnic or religious nationalism. “Fear of terrorism” has replaced “fear of communism” in the American consciousness. The United States has embarked on a unilateral course of foreign policy to pursue its own interests, including launching a pre-emptive war in the name of fighting terrorism, and making clear that others may follow if our government believes that our national security is threatened. Global capitalism seems triumphant, although the “Washington consensus” on the global economy – the notion that free markets and unrestricted competition provide the key to economic growth – is now being challenged in many parts of the world. America’s global economic dominance is increasingly threatened by economic growth in Asia and Europe, while much of Africa and parts of Latin America sink deeper into poverty. Global environmental problems loom larger than even before. The rapid spread of new communications technologies around the world has given rise to new forms of social and political interactions. In this class, which is one of the gateway courses for the global studies major, we will try to understand these developments in their regional and global contexts. We will also evaluate the ways that scholars have tried to analyze world systems and global processes and trends. Readings: There are three required texts for the course: Patrick O'Meara, Howard D. Mehlinger and Matthew Krain (eds.), Globalization and the Challenges of a New Century: A Reader (Bloomington, Indiana: University of Indiana Press, 2000). This book also contains an excellent resource bibliography on globalization, including a long list of useful websites (see pp. 461-482) Sarah Anderson, John Cavanaugh, and Thea Lee (eds.), Field Guide to the Global Economy (NY: New Press, 2005). This is an excellent primer on economic globalization (with a point of view, of course), that concludes with some current responses Richard P. Appelbaum, Introduction to Global Studies: Politics and Economics (Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt, 2004). In the syllabus that follows, this will be referred to as the “Appelbaum Reader”
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