This course offers an interdisciplinary foundation for the study of global politics. Seeking insights primarily from political economy and international relations – but also from sociology, history, anthropology, and psychology – we will consider the causes and consequences of global inequality and conflict. We will explore questions such as: Are historic structures of domination such as imperialism driven primarily by the desire for economic gain, or might there be even more fundamental explanatory factors? Do the rich and powerful suffer too? Could it be that global tragedies, from genocide to famine to war, paradoxically begin with benevolent intentions? And if so, why and how do the results of good intentions go awry? Drawing from both classical and contemporary texts, we will examine different perspectives on wealth, poverty, and the interconnected nature of market society. Throughout the course, we will evaluate some of the most compelling justifications and critiques concerning our modern world order.
In this course, we aim to,
• Evaluate different perspectives on global inequality and modernity.
• Examine impacts of and reactions to globalization.
• Discern the historical relationships between capitalism and imperialism.
• Develop and deepen writing and verbal analytical skills.
Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
T/F 10:30AM - 12:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only
Categories: All courses , Politics , Fully In-Person