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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Summer 2007

GOV S365N • Global change: Regional Respone-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
86140 MTWThF
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
MEZ 1.102
Boone

Course Description

This course examines changes in world politics and economics that are producing globalization, and asks what this means for various countries and regions of the world. Is globalization a threatening force that should be contained, or should it be celebrated and promoted? How is it affecting prospects for democracy and for improvements in human welfare? Who are the winners and losers? The Summer 2007 version of this course will be research-driven. Students will work individually and in groups to trace the changing structure of global commodity chains (production chains), to identify the forces driving these changes, and to understand the implications of restructuring for livelihoods, social structure, and national politics in different world regions. Students will be asked to focus their research on one of the following countries: the US, Mexico, France, China, Mali, Ghana. Once you have chosen your country, you will also choose one of the following commodities/product groups: agricultural commodities, textiles, or automobiles. Your research for the course will center on studying transformations in one national commodity chain (eg. textile production in Mexico, automobiles in the US, or agricultural commodities in Ghana). Working with a group, you will see how your research sheds light on broader transformations underway in the country you are studying. Through assigned and recommended class readings, films, lectures, class discussions, and student research, we will explore "globalization" and its social, economic, and political effects in different countries of the world.

Texts

There will also be course packet and readings posted as PDF documents on our course website. Peter Dicken, Global Shift: Transforming the World Economy (New York and London: Guilford Press. Fourth Edition, 2003).

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