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INTB 3352 – POLITICS OF GLOBALIZATION – FALL 2010 Instructor : Dr. Long S. Le E-mail: [email protected] Phone: 713-743-1142 (Note: Please do not use Prof. Le’s Blackboard email to reach him) Office Hours: M/W: 12:30-2, or by appointment Office Room: Melcher Hall, 325 B Course Description The 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 which 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 short country case report, and class assignments are required for this course. Extra credit points added to the two exams, to class assignments, and to the final grade, are available. Course Learning Objectives Students completing the course should be able to understand and participate intelligently in ongoing public debates about the major global issues, specifically through the political science perspective. Students completing this course will understand: the political perspectives/theoretical explanations of globalization and the international political economy; assessing globalization through the concept of global cities and competitive advantage of nations; placing globalization in the age of nonpolarity and of globalization’s war between nation-states and corporations; the commodities of globalization (i.e., oil and water) that will transform geopolitics; how domestic politics of outsourcing and its effects on the financial recovery; 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, an intercultural leader/manager, and a social entrepreneur.
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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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