ON GLOBAL CIVILIZATION
Office hours: by appt.
Selections of articles and other materials in hard copy and online will be assigned. See class schedule and Bibliography.
This is a seminar course. Everyone will be participating in discussions and group activities. We will have themes for every class and you will be responsible for reading the material that is assigned for that class. You might be asked to participate individually or as a group.
Students will randomly select a country on the first day of class. Beginning January 26, each week, every student will be responsible for providing a written summary of a news article concerning that week�s globalization topic as it relates to the chosen country.
In addition to the paragraph summaries, each student will be responsible for handing in two papers (5 pages each). The first paper will be due on March 9, 2009. The second paper will be due on April 27. We will discuss the contents of the paper in class.
All summary paragraphs and papers must be prepared on a computer and sent to my email: [email protected]. Handwritten papers will not be accepted.
There will be a take-home final exam.
Students will be graded on their class participation (40%); on their paragraph summaries (30%); on their two papers (20%); and on the take-home final exam (10%). Attendance is compulsory. If you miss more than one class, your grade will automatically go down by one grade point.
Class schedule and reading assignments:
Course description and discussion of class content. Each student randomly chooses a country to report on throughout the semester.
January 26: Who are all the Global Players?
Discussion on readings. Exploration of global and regional bodies, functions, accomplishments and failings. Is there a �world order� and what does it look like?
<![if !supportLists]>1. <![endif]>Read McMillan pp. 3-14.
<![if !supportLists]>2. <![endif]>Find a news article related to your country and the functioning of some market.
January 28:��� Forces at Play: Microeconomics
Presentation of assignments and discussion of supply and demand, externalities, assumptions, initial endowments, efficiency, market failures, and poverty traps.
February 2: Forces at Play: Macroeconomics I
Discussion on readings, presentation of �the big picture� of macroeconomics and national accounts, including balance with natural environment.
February 4: Forces at Play: Macroeconomics II
Discussion of government goals and actions relative to the macro-economy: full employment, stability, growth, efficiency, equity, and scale. Discussion of usefulness of various measures, including GDP.
February 9: Trade: Global Supply Chains
Discussion of the supply chain for making an iPod: countries and materials involved, processes involved (design, management, extraction, transformation, transportation, manufacture, assembly, packaging, marketing, sale, support), economic value involved.
<![if !supportLists]>1. <![endif]>Read Sustainable Economics Curriculum, �Trade and the Global Economy: Background for the Teacher� http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/sustecon/lessons/lesson8.html
<![if !supportLists]>2. <![endif]>Read �Trade and Globalization�: http://www.globalization101.org/uploads/File/Trade/tradeall2008.pdf
<![if !supportLists]>a. <![endif]>�Liberalization of International Trade,� pp. 35-36
<![if !supportLists]>b. <![endif]>�Regional Trade Liberalization,� pp. 39-40
<![if !supportLists]>3. <![endif]>Read Rodrigue, �Commodity Chains and Freight Transportation: 1. Contemporary Production Systems� http://people.hofstra.edu/geotrans/eng/ch5en/conc5en/ch5c3en.html
<![if !supportLists]>4. <![endif]>Find and summarize an article related to your country and to trade.
<![if !supportLists]>5. <![endif]>In Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_bloc
<![if !supportLists]>a. <![endif]>Read the definition of �Trade Bloc� and
<![if !supportLists]>b. <![endif]>find which trade bloc(s) your country is a member of (click on [show] members to see what countries are members of each bloc).
<![if !supportLists]>6. <![endif]>Optional: Read �Trade and Environment: MTBE and NAFTA� http://www.commercialdiplomacy.org/case_study/case_mtbe_public.htm
February 11: Trade: Political Agreements
Discussion of the agreements among countries related to facilitating trade: GATT/WTO, NAFTA, other multilateral and bilateral trading blocs. Exploration of arguments for and against.
February 16: Trade: Its Potential Benefits
Class discussion on the Theory of Comparative Advantage, trade as a means of development, and the concept of fair trade.
February 18: Finance: Lifeblood of Economies
Discussion of the need for finance and the volume of financial transactions; discussion of the difference between �investment� and �speculation.�
February 23: Finance: Crisis and Response
Discussion of the causes and consequences of the global financial crisis and what countries are doing to address it.
February 25: Development: What Do We Think It Is?
Discussion of what different people mean when they talk about development.
March 2: Development: What Do We Do to Promote It?
Discussion of the various development programs and agencies, what they are meant to accomplish and how they go about it.
March 4: Sustainable Development
Discussion of the concept of sustainable development: development that does not harm the future.
March 9: Environment: Global Climate Change
Discussion of climate change, with a focus on system dynamics and �positive feedback loops.�
The first paper is DUE TODAY.
March 11: Environment: Managing a Public Good
Discussion of cross-border environmental issues such as water consumption, pollution, and over-fishing and the mechanisms for managing these issues.
March 23: War and Peace
Discussion of why countries go to war (including wars over resources) and what keeps war from breaking out or contributes to peaceful resolutions.
March 25: War and Money
Discussion of the economics of war and military spending and the �military-industrial complex,� with particular attention to the international sale of arms.
March 30: War, Terrorism and �Failed States�
Discussion of terrorism and its relationship to international arms shipments (legal and illegal) and to the phenomenon of �failed states.�
April 1: International Crime
Discussion of how globalization has benefited illicit trade networks and the growing danger that these pose.
April 6: Responding to International Crime
Discussion of the mechanisms in place to combat international crime.
April 8: Women and Globalization: Threats
Discussion of the particular vulnerabilities of women in a globalized world (economic and sexual exploitation, health issues).
April 13: Women and Globalization: Opportunities
Discussion of the ways in which women�s development can be promoted and how it leads to better outcomes for everyone.
April 15: Demographics
Discussion of how trends in ageing, the �youth bulge�, and immigration will affect our work lives and retirement prospects.
April 20: Globalization and Health
Discussion of the intrinsic value of health, its usefulness as part of a country�s �human capital,� the contribution of increased trade to the spread of infectious disease, and the global response to health problems such as HIV/AIDS.
April 22: Education
Discussion of the benefits of education to individuals and countries, the �brain drain� phenomenon, the positive effects of exchange student programs, and differences in education across countries.
April 27: Culture, Religion and Identity
Discussion of how global communications and commerce interacts with formation of identities, and how identities affect interaction with a globalized world.
The second paper is DUE TODAY.
April 29: Culture, Religion and Identity
Discussion of how a heterogeneous society can function positively.
Discussion of student papers and overall class content.
Class content review.
Discussion about the take-home final.
�An Inconvenient Truth in the Classroom.�
Anderson, Sarah, John Cavanagh, and Thea Lee. Field Guide to the Global Economy, Revised Edition
Center for Economic Conversion. Sustainable Economics Curriculum.
CIA. The World Factbook
Daly, Herman. Beyond Growth.
Ekman, Bo. �The Limits of Growth, Part I.� YaleGlobal, November 21, 2008.
Ellerman, David. �Jane Jacobs on Development.� March 2004.
Fortna, Virginia Page. Does Peacekeeping Work? Shaping Belligerents� Choices after Civil War
Geldof, Bob. �Remember the Bottom Billion in our Brave New World.� Financial Times, November 13, 2008.
Gladwell, Malcolm. �The Risk Pool.� The New Yorker, August 28, 2006.
Heintz, James. �Reintroducing Employment into Macroeconomic Policy,� International Poverty Centre Poverty in Focus, pp. 18-19.
Kolbert, Elizabeth. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change
Krugman, Paul. �Growing World Trade: Causes and Consequences� 1995.
Lequiller, Fran�ois. �Is GDP a Satisfactory Measure of Growth?� OECD Observer, December 2004-January 2005.
Maalouf, Amin. In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong
McMillan, John. Re-Inventing the Bazaar
Meadows, Dana. The Global Citizen
Museveni, Yoweri. �Statement at the United Nations General Assembly.� September 23, 2008.
Na�m, Mois�s. Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy
Na�m, Mois�s. �Three Paradoxes of the Financial Crisis.� Foreign Policy, February 2008.
National Intelligence Council. Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World
Poast, Paul. The Economics of War
Rodrigue, Jean-Paul. The Geography of Transport Systems
Rodrik, Dani. �Emerging Economies to reap from Global Crisis.� Business Daily, December 19, 2008.
Rodrik, Dani. �The Global Governance of Trade as if Development Really Mattered.� April 2001.
Sen, Amartya. Development as Freedom
Shah, Anup. �Small Arms�they cause 90% of civilian casualties,� GlobalIssues.org, Last updated: Saturday, January 21, 2006.
Specter, Michael. �Big Foot.� The New Yorker, February 25, 2008.
Stiglitz, Joseph. Globalization and its Discontents
Stiglitz, Joseph. �Towards a New Paradigm for Development: Strategies, Policies and Processes.� Given as the 1998 Prebisch Lecture at UNCTAD, Geneva, October 19, 1998.
TransFair Canada. �Youth Presentation.�
Varian, Hal. �An iPod has Global Value.� The New York Times, June 28, 2007.
WWF. Living Planet Report 2008
Zakaria, Fareed. The Post-American World