The Globalization of World Politics

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The Globalization of World Politics
Tárgykód
4VG32NAV11M
Általános infók
Kredit
6
Félév
Félévente
Előadás
van
Szeminárium
hetente egyszer
Tanszék
Világgazdasági Intézet
Követelmények
KisZH
nincs
NagyZH
nincs
Házi feladat
nincs
Vizsga
írásbeli
Előtanulmány
nincs
Elérhetőségek
Tárgyfelelős
Tétényi András
Okató(k) e-mail címe
andras.tetenyi@uni-covinus.hu

The aim of this course is to provide the students with an overview of world politics (note the distinction from international politics) in the globalized world and shed some light on events from various perspectives (e.g. 9/11) in the post-cold war era. The main theoretical accounts of world politics all see globalization differently; some treat it as nothing more than a temporary phase in human history, and one which does not mean that we need to rethink how we understand world politics; others see it as but the latest manifestation of the growth of Western capitalism and modernization; and others see it as representing a fundamental transformation of world politics, one that requires new ways of understanding. During the course we will deal with the questions of the politics and political patterns in the world, and not only between nation-states, but also between organizations that may or may not be states (such as, for example, multinational companies, terrorist groups, or human rights non-governmental organizations). We will endeavour to give a balanced account of the main theoretical approaches available to explain contemporary world politics. We will also try to provide the material necessary to answer the question of whether globalization marks a fundamental transformation in world politics and the effects of it on the current world economy. The course consists of three main parts: in the first part we will study the necessary methodology without which we cannot understand contemporary world events; in the second part we will be discussing contemporary security issues and in the third part we will elaborate on current development, human rights and climate change issues.

The course consists of three main parts: in the first part we will study the necessary methodology without which we cannot understand contemporary world events; in the second part we will be discussing contemporary security issues and in the third part we will elaborate on current development, human rights and climate change issues.

Követelmények

During the first class, students will be divided into groups and they will work together in solving a specific problem during the semester. In each seminar, a group of students will present their results, followed by discussion. Each presentation should be around 30 minutes. Another pre-appointed student group will serve as a discussant, and will have to comment on the presentation in 10 minutes, focusing on how well the presenting group has solved the task. Preparing a quality case study is the collective responsibility of the group (i.e. all students in the group will get the same points), and it is entirely up to the group to organize themselves and their work. If a student fails to show up on a seminar in which her/his group is presenting or discussing, she/he will be given 0 points for the presentation.

A szorgalmi időszakban

  • Megajánlott jegy: nincs.
  • Elővizsga: nincs.

A vizsgaidőszakban

  • Vizsga: Given chapters from the textbook, additional articles from the seminar, and the lecture slides.
  • Az értékelés módszere: Final exam 60 per cent

Article analysis 30 per cent Class activity 10 per cent

Tematika

  • Week 1

Introduction: Problems and Questions in International Politics Reading: Paul D’Anieri Chapter 1,

  • Week 2

Double Lecture: The Historical evolution of International Politics Reading: Paul D’Anieri Chapter 2

  • Week 3

Lecture: Theories of International Relations: Realism and Liberalism Reading: Paul D’Anieri Chapter 3

  • Week 4

Lecture: Theories of International Relations: Economic Structuralism, Constructivism, Feminism Reading: Paul D’Anieri Chapter 4

  • Week 5

Lecture: The State, Society and Foreign Policy Reading: Paul D’Anieri Chapter 5

  • Week 6

Lecture: Bureaucracies, Groups, and Individuals in the Foreign Policy Process Reading: Paul D’Anieri Chapter 6 Seminar: Group presentation – problem to be solved: In what ways is the spread of democracy creating world peace around the world?

  • Week 7

Lecture: International Insecurity and the Causes of War and Peace Reading: Paul D’Anieri Chapter 7. Seminar: Group presentation – problem to be solved: Please discuss the Nuclear Non-proliferation treaty and whether it is an efficient tool for preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.

  • Week 8

Lecture: The Use of Force as a Policy I. Reading: Paul D’Anieri Chapter 8 Seminar: Group presentation – problem to be solved: Please discuss whether the international organizations are effective in preventing states from failing.

  • Week 9

Lecture: The use of Force as a policy II. Reading: Paul D’Anieri Chapter 8. Seminar: Group presentation – problem to be solved: Please discuss the US fight against terrorism and whether it was (is) an efficient tool in combating terrorism.

  • Week 10

Lecture: Peace keeping missions of the UN Reading: Dobbins, James et al. (2005): The UN’s Role in Nation Building. Rand Corporation. Focus on the executive summary. Seminar: Group presentation – problem to be solved: Please discuss whether the UN is efficient in preventing conflicts.

  • Week 11

Lecture: The Problem of Global Inequality Reading: Paul D’Anieri Chapter 11 Seminar: Group presentation – problem to be solved: Please discuss whether the tools the international community is using is efficient in helping poor countries.

  • Week 12

Lecture: International Law, Norms and Human rights Reading: Paul D’Anieri Chapter 13 Seminar: Group presentation – please discuss the limits of international law in the case of an international conflict.

  • Week 13

Lecture: Emerging Grounds for Global Governance: Crime, Health, and Environmental Problems Reading: Paul D’Anieri Chapter 14 Seminar: Group presentation – please discuss the efforts made by the international community in the case of climate change and whether these efforts are successful or not.

  • Week 14

Conclusions

Kompetencia leírása

By completing this course, you will:

  • be able to critically evaluate the effects of world politics on governmental and non-governmental actors;
  • gain experience in reading and interpreting journals from highly distinguished publishers;
  • gain experience in group work and polish your presentation skills;
  • develop your problem-solving skills and ability to think critically.