Political Science | Globalization
Y200 | 3927 | McFillen
The end of the Cold War has given rise to a new, more complex era in
international relations: the age of globalization. Other periods in
history have faced changes in trade, technology, political authority,
international order, and so on, but never have these changes produced
interdependence to such a pervasive degree as we see today.
Furthermore, this interdependence has brought with it strange,
wonderful, and terrible developments. Y200 Globalization will provide
a broad treatment of the concepts at this phenomenon's core (the
interaction of states and markets, the influence of international
economic institutions, the role of multinational cororations), its
impact upon issues central to political science (democracy, identity,
security), and its place in international relations theory. This
course has been structured to both accommodate students with
experience in political science and students from other disciplines
through the combination of readings from scholarly and practitioner
sources. Furthermore, this course will expose the students to the
wide variety of academic and public perspectives toward
globalization, and to expose the multifaceted nature of the debate.
What to expect:
This course will be in a lecture-discussion format with three short-
answer exams (each worth 25% of the grade) and five pop quizzes
(worth 5% each). All students should be prepared to do plenty of
reading and plenty of speaking.
The following books are required:
Robin Broad, ed. Global Backlash: Citizen Initiatives for a Just
World Economy (Lanham, MA: Rowman &Littlefield, 2002)
Thomas L. Friedman. The Lexus and the Olive Tree (New York: Anchor
C. Roe Goddard, John T. Passe-Smith, and John Conklin, eds.
International Political Economy: Readings on State-Market Relations
in the Changing Global Order , 2nd Ed. (Boulder: Rienner, 2003)
Patrick O’Meara, Howard D. Mehlinger, and Matthew Krain, Eds.
Globalization and the Challenges of a New Century (Bloomington, IN:
Indiana University Press, 2000)