Globalization and Inequality II: Policies and Organizations

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Course Description: 

This course aims to explore the relationship between inequality, globalization of economic markets and institutions. More particularly it tries to answer the questions of why certain nations are able to adopt institutions and policies that promote equality; under what conditions, economic, social and political capital foster equality; and what economic policies need to be put in place. A greater focus is put on the developing world but different regions are covered depending on the relevancy of the topic. The class first looks at the implications of global trade, capital markets and privatization for inequality within developing countries, and how inequalities shape political institutions. In the second part, the role of global policies in addressing unequal opportunity and global market failures are analyzed. These topics are studied both from a theoretical and empirical perspective to enable students with a broad understanding of global issues and policies. 

Class structure
Most meetings consists of a 15-minute critical presentation by a discussant, followed by an instructor-led structured discussion of key concepts; key arguments; key theoretical and methodological approaches; puzzles & questions; the relevance of the subject matter. Meetings with a different structure will be announced in due course. 

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course, the students are expected to;

  • understand the basic terms about globalization, inequality and institutions
  • have sufficient knowledge to apply these concepts in their research
  • formulate researchable questions
  • to be able to follow and understand the literature related to the subject matter
  • be able to follow theoretical and empirical debates about globalization, inequality and institutions
  • acquire knowledge of methodologies and assumptions in the study of globalization, inequality and institutions
  • gain skills for presenting and critically discussing scholarly work by others

All of the students are expected to attend and actively participate in the class discussion. The grades won’t be based on a curve.

Participation:          15%
Midterm Exam:      40%
Final Exam:            45%

Late submissions and plagiarism cases are subject to departmental rules.

Note on Citing and Referencing
You will be expected to use Harvard style referencing. Please find an extensive citation and referencing guide on the course ceu-learning website. At the same time, you are strongly encouraged to use a citation manager software for all your written assignments, in which case you can use Chicago style referencing.