Politics of Globalization
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: DO NOT USE
Course Number: LPOL 2033
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
In discussions of global politics, globalization has become a widely used and debated term, referring to interconnectedness, the increase in flows of information, ideas, and commodities, and capital. These changes are thought to significantly impact the distribution of power in the international system. Understanding the dynamics that fall under the broad-stroke category of globalization requires unpacking the conceptual, institutional, and economic histories within and out of which it has emerged. What new events, technologies, and practices challenge older categories of understanding? What conflicts emerge, what are the different natures of these conflicts, and on what terms are they debated? What relationships emerge between states, international institutions and rights regimes, and non-state actors? Grappling with these issues gives context to claims about globalization and opens up specific questions about inequality, the nation-state system, conflict and resistance, followed by examining local sites in which these processes play out. Where are dominant neoliberal political-economic norms generated, and where do their material impacts appear? Why, and how effectively, do alter-globalization activists counter this model? The course is designed to build understanding of the main categories of literature on international relations and global governance, in order to critically assess the complicated and uneven encounters that mark the processes that fall under the broad umbrella of globalization.
Open to Undergraduate students.