Globalize Your Mind!
This seminar offers a crash course in understanding globalization: what it is, where it comes from, and how it is driving many of the social changes, political conflicts, and activist movements we see around us today. The course’s basic goal is to help students globalize their perspective and learn to ask critical questions about processes that connect the local and the global. In addition to studying the historical reasons for the emergence of a global political economy, students will use case studies to examine basic concepts and vocabulary [such as free trade, capital accumulation, international division of labor, neo-liberalism, privatization, structural adjustment and sustainable development] in the political-economic analysis of globalization. The course explores the consequences of changing patterns of transnational economic and governance structures for nation-states, ecosystems and people’s lives, and examines the many repercussions of economic globalization. Students will also research opposition movements that have formed to contest some of these repercussions, such as movements connected with economic justice, human rights, feminism, and environmentalism.