Nations, Regions, and the Global Economy

Explores the relationship between nations/regions and the global economy through discussions of the colonial, development, and globalization projects. Uses select case studies of nations, with a focus on the South. Interrogates the concept of “nation,” and introduces theoretical frameworks to explain “modernization,” “development and underdevelopment” and “globalization.” Explores local and global inequalities with specific attention to gender, class, and race. Topics covered include labor, migrations, culture, sustainability, and social change. 

Intimate Inequalities

Most people grow up in families, but few people know much about them. While today we take for granted that marriages should be based on love, heterosexuality is an obvious identity, and mothers want to care for their children, all of these ideas are recent inventions. Moreover, gender, class, and race inequalities exist within and across families. Families feel these inequalities deeply, but they are not only innocent victims – they create inequalities too.

Global Responses to the Rise of China

Issues on the impact of globalization on jobs and wages in advanced industrialized countries, the trend of regionalization in international political economy, the new strategies adopted by both advanced industrialized countries and developing countries under the WTO framework, South-North relationship in the era of globalization, the impact of outsourcing through globalization production networks on developing countries, comparative analysis of inequality, and other issues faced by developing countries today. One course / 3 units.