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CodeINT2110
Course NameGlobal Politics
InstructorUemura, Takehiko
Credits2
TermTerm1
MajorMajor Subjects
Course goalsThis course aims at understanding a whole picture, and the actual situation, of global issues including global environmental degradation, poverty, disparity between the rich and the poor, conflicts etc; then (2) exploring root cauese of these problems in order to have a clue to deal with these issues. Through this course, it strives to make students have a strong willingness to challenge global issues.
Course outlineGlobal community faces a number of challenges: Global environmental degradation is proceeding at an ever-increasing speed; the gap between the rich and the poor is absurdly expanding; conflicts look endless. It is of foremost importance at this bleak moment to search for the answer to the question of who can do what and how to solve these global problems, establishing global sustainable society where people can live in peace and harmony with nature. This “big” issue is the theme of this course.

In order to explore the answer to such immense question, it is crucial to strive to: (1) grasp the whole picture of the problems; (2) identify “root” causes in the broad picture; (3) demonstrate concrete policy measures to tackle these “root” causes; (4) examine successful cases as well as good practices to overcome these challenges; (5) draw a vision of global sustainable society by learning from these successful cases and practices; (6) settle on a “road map” to realize the vision; and (7) identify key actors at each stage of the process of its realization.

“Global Politics” will deal with (1) and (2). In other words, it will systematically analyze the whole picture and actual situation of global issues including global environmental degradation, poverty, disparity between the rich and the poor, conflicts etc. from global political economy point of view. Then, this course will explore “root” causes of these problems through a workshop. Thereafter, this course will examine “root” causes in detail from human identity, multinational corporations, tax havens, global financial capital, US military complex, Japan, to the current global governance.

In terms of methodology, this course uses PowerPoint presentations as well as DVDs in order to make students understand issues instinctively. For raising the sense of ownership of students, nurturing attitude of thinking and practicing by themselves, this course also tries to be as participatory as possible by introducing communication works and workshops. Through those ways and means, it is hoped to lay the groundwork for student's ability and willingness to make a difference.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesActive participation: 30%
Short papers: 30%
Final examination: 40%
PrerequisitesThe whole course comprises both “Global Politics” (Spring-Summer term) and “Global Public Policy” (Autumn and Winter term). Therefore, it is strongly recommended to take “Global Public Policy”.

The basic language of this lecture is English in view of nurturing students who will contribute to global community in the future. However, short Japanese interventions will be made from time to time in order to make Japanese students understand the content.

It is also recommended for Japanese students to take a supplemental seminar (Global Politics) to get a support to understand this lecture better.
Texts, materials, and supplies<Readings in English>
Held, David ed. (2000) a globalizing world?: culture, econimics, politics, Routledge.
Hertz, Noreena (2001) THE SILENT TAKEOVER: Global Capitalism and the Death of
Democracy, HarperBusiness.
Korten, David (1995) When Corporations Rules the World, Kumarian Press & Berrett-
Koehler Publishers.
Perkins, John (2005) Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Plume; Reprint.
Stiglitz, Joseph E. (2006) Making Globalization Work, W. W. Norton & Company.
Tax Justice Network (2012)“The Price of Offshore Revisited: New Estimates for Missing Global Private Wealth, Income, Inequality, and Lost Taxes”.
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RemarkThe whole course comprises both “Global Politics” (Spring-Summer term) and “Global Public Policy” (Autumn and Winter term). Therefore, it is strongly recommended to take “Global Public Policy”.

The basic language of this lecture is English in view of nurturing students who will contribute to global community in the future. However, short Japanese interventions will be made from time to time in order to make Japanese students understand the content.

It is also recommended for Japanese students to take a supplemental seminar (Global Politics) to get a support to understand this lecture better.
Course Schedule/Plan<Grasping a whole picture>
1. Orientation
2. Nuclear Power Accidents and Energy Problem
3. Global Environmental Degradation
(1): Environmental problems in daily living
4. Global Environmental Degradation
(2): Climate change
5. Conflicts: Land mines in DR Congo
6. World Poverty (1): a case in Tanzania
7. World Poverty (2): a case in Tanzania
<Identifying root causes>
8. Workshops on Root causes ①
9. Workshops on Root causes ②
10. Identity and International Politics: Reason why Yugoslavia was dissolved
11. Failure of global market: neo-liberalism, Structural adjustment programme, MNCs, Tax havens, global financial capital
12. “Who is a terrorist?”: military complex in the US, and “Economic Hit Man”
13. Japan and Global Issues: Its Massive Consumption and Waste
14. Malfunction of Global Governance
15. Final examination
 

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