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Course NameGlobal Politics
InstructorUemura, Takehiko
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%
Texts, materials, and supplies<Readings in English and in French>
>Bello, Walden (2002) Deglobalization: Ideas for a New World Economy, London and New York: Zed Books.
>Czempiel, Ernst-Otto and James N. Rosenau eds. (1992) Governance without Government: Order and Change in World Politics, Cambridge University Press.
>Chavagneux, Christian and Ronan Palan (2006) Les paradis fiscaux, Paris : La Découverte.
>Ghimire, Kléber B. (2005) “The Contemporary Global Social Movements: Emergent Proposals, Connectivity and Development Implications”, UNRISD Programme on Civil Society and Social Movements, Paper No. 19, Geneva: United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.
>Held, David ed. (2000) a globalizing world?: culture, econimics, politics, London and New York: Routledge in association with The Open University.
>Hertz, Noreena (2001) THE SILENT TAKEOVER: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy, New York: HarperBusiness.
>Jain, Subhash C. and Sushil Vachani (2006) Multinational Corporations and Global Poverty Reduction, Cheltenham/Northampton: Edward Elgar.
>Korten, David (1995) When Corporations Rules the World, Kumarian Press & Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
>Millet, Damien and Eric Toussaint (2004) WHO OWES WHO?: 50 Questions about World Debt, Zed Books.
>Perkins, John (2005) Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, Plume; Reprint.
>Peyrelevade, Jean (2005) Le captitalisme total, Seuil et La R?publique des Id?es.
>Stern, Nicholas (2006) “Summary of Conclusions”, Stern Review on the economics of climate change, available at:
>Stiglitz, Joseph E. (2006) Making Globalization Work, New York/London: 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”, available at:
>Utting, Peter (2005) Rethinking Business Regulation: From Self-Regulation to Social Control, Geneva: United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).
<Readings in Japanese>
・ジョン・パーキンス(2007)『エコノミック・ヒットマン—途上国を食い物にするアメリカ 』(古草秀子訳)東洋経済新報社。
・田中優+A SEED JAPANエコ貯金プロジェクト編(2007)『おカネで世界を変える30の方法』合同出版。
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 Politics”. 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.
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
9. Workshops on Root causes
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