GOV 360N • Globalization and Trade
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary.
Globalization, defined as the reduction of barriers to the movement of goods, services, ideas and (to a lesser extent) people across national borders, is the topic of contentious debate in the U. S. and abroad. Hailed by proponents as the route to growth and prosperity but condemned by critics as a tool of corporate dominance and immiseration, globalization is both ubiquitous and poorly understood. In this course, we examine the implications of globalization for US trade policy and politics. Why does the United States trade with other nations? Who gains and who loses from international trade? Does trade liberalization promote global prosperity and peace or merely benefit the strong at the expense of the weak? The readings in this course work toward developing an understanding of America's role in the global economy and the impact of globalization on national politics. Our goal is to apply contending theoretical perspectives to practical questions and issues in order to draw conclusions relevant to broader policy debates. Among the many topics addressed in the course are the costs and benefits of international trade; historical and contemporary developments in American trade policy; trade and economic development; and the North-South conflict. In addition, we investigate American policy toward international economic institutions (e.g. IMF, GATT, WTO) and contemporary issues, like NAFTA, trade and human rights, and trade conflicts with America's major trading partners. This course is designed for undergraduate Government majors with an interest in international trade, foreign affairs, and public policy. Previous training in economics is not required; we will cover the essential material and relevant literature as we progress. The course has a lecture format but we will explore issues in greater depth during class discussions and on the course Blackboard web page.