TU: International Politics: class meeting #11
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Transitions U course: International Politics
Classes meet from 6 – 8 PM, now on consecutive Wednesdays:
It is not necessary to have attended previous class meetings, although that would be helpful. Each class meeting stands on its own.
Location: Moravian College (Comenius room 105)
Reading assignment for Eleventh Class Meeting: Shadow Sovereigns, by Susan George (2015) – Chapters 3, 4, 5, & Conclusions (pp. 113-156)
This course offers a big-picture analysis of how the world works. It aims to illustrate the way the world works through multiple examples, cases, events, and processes taken from the world of states, transnational corporations, international organizations, networks of power with global reach, and the domain of U.S. foreign policy. The latter is of particular interest as the U.S. plays a crucial role in maintaining the global order. As a result, the course will examine the U.S.’s global mode of operation in detail.
This course is not for the faint of heart. Unlike the garden-variety versions of Introduction to International Politics, this course aims to lay bare both the hidden structural violence in the world and the global structures of power that produce it on a routine basis. Hence, examining what those structures are and why we are largely unaware of them are two principle tasks of this class.
Lastly, thou shalt not live by analysis alone. Imagination is more important than knowledge, so said the great 20th c. scientist, Albert Einstein. To give imagination room to play, the course also asks how should the world work, if not the way it does now. But a proper response to the latter question necessarily requires a deeper inquiry into what kinds of creatures we humans really are. Hence, the course will also delve into the question of human nature and politics before imagining an alternative global political order.
Moravian College, Comenius 105 (old gray stone building on Elizabeth Ave between Reeves Library & Main St)
1200 Main St
Parking on Main St and on streets east of Main & north of Elizabeth Ave
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