GOVT-500 Science, the State, and Globalization
Offered academic year 2010-2011
The idea of globalization is a contested one. Optimists point to economic growth, democratization, and the communications revolution as signs of a more interconnected, humane world. Pessimists warn of ecological disasters, a destructive cultural homogeneity, and a resurgence of ethnic hatred. During the first part of the semester, we will first examine the emergence of globalization over the course of the 20th century, in its political, economic, and cultural dimensions. We will then explore several related contemporary controversies relating to globalization, including the impact of the Internet, transnational health issues, North-South inequality, and the global environment. Finally, with our eye on the future, we will examine the possibilities for politics and democracy beyond the nation state through institutions like the European Union and the UN. [Comparative Government]
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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