PolSci 2H03 Outline Johnson Winter2010

PolSci 2H03 Outline Johnson Winter2010 - Political Science...

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Political Science 2H03 Globalization and the State January 2010 Lectures: Monday 4:30 Heather Johnson Wednesday 4:30 [email protected] Thursday 4:30 * as needed Office Hours: Mon 2:30-4:30 Tutorials: TBA KTH-507 Wed 10:30-11:30 Course Description This course is an introduction to a critical study of globalization and its processes, consequences, and possibilities, with particular attention to its impact on the state. The state is the basic unit upon which the international system and order is founded; the fascination with globalization arises from the changes it imposes on the state, and thus on our understanding of the world. Power relations and the people, places and institutions that both shape and are shaped by them will be at the centre of our globalization studies as we seek new and old ways of understanding our world. In this course, we will endeavour to understand the varied definitions and impacts of globalization, from both above and below. We will also work to answer the questions: Is globalization new? How has it affected the powers of the state, and how has the state reacted? How has it changed our understandings of cultures, identities, democracy and community? What is the state’s role? What should the state's role be? We will begin with the basic theoretical foundations and debates in the field. From here, we will examine the course of globalization through different themes: governance, economy, borders and security, and culture and identity. Course Requirements Tutorial Participation 20% Research Project: Case Selection 10% Institution Report 20% Research Design 30% Final Exam 20% Tutorial Participation (cumulative, 20%) This course places a premium on participation. The issues and questions we will be tackling have no “right” or “wrong” answers, and group discussion with a variety of perspectives will be critical to learning. Be prepared to discuss both the readings and larger issues in an informed and critical manner in tutorial each week. At all times, an environment of mutual respect and consideration will be maintained in tutorials. Remember that questions count as participation, and contributions that respond to other students, that stimulate discussion and that encourage contributions from others will be rewarded. In grading, not only quantity but also quality will be considered; so remember that while tangential comments can be interesting and useful, they may not earn you participation grades. Basic attendance will not earn participation grades, however an absence without medical or other documentation will result in deductions.
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