Globalization has resulted in increased growth for developing countries and lower prices in richer countries. However, the environmental, human rights, and social costs to developing countries can be high: Factories, mining, large-scale agricultural production, and the desire to develop scarce resources—minerals for laptops, cell phones, or land to produce beef, palm oil, or paper — may take priority. Globalization means that we eat chocolate made from cacao grown on deforested farms in West Africa, and perhaps harvested by child slaves who have never tasted chocolate: Justice and sustainability may have little importance here.
This course introduces you to issues that arise in port countries when globalization pressures collide with equitable treatment and environmental and social sustainability. We will examine the roles of the following: international governance organizations, NGOs, populist movements; international corporations with regard to human rights, sustainable practices, transparency, and ethical supply chains; the physical, economic, and social damage from climate change; corruption; gender, ethnic, class, religious, racial discrimination; labor exploitation, slavery, human trafficking; land ownership; globalization-created conflict zones; global justice/human rights principles; and relevant national, customary, and international norms. We also will look at programs and policies that respect rights and promote sustainability.
Field WorkCountry: Israel
Date: January 24, 2022