The course discusses the effects of neoliberal economic globalization on social justice and environmental sustainability. It provides an overview of the current literature of global political economy, political ecology and the ethics of globalization based on the historical evolution of the Bretton Wood institutions and states in the pursuit of democracy, social justice, and sustainable development.
The field class and visits to such diverse regions as Asia, Africa, and Europe offer students the opportunity to become acquainted with a wide variety of political, cultural and social dimensions, informing classroom discussion and enabling debate. Readings and lectures allow students better to understand the contradictions, disparities, proposals, and efforts to overcome the economic growth perspective and achieve sustainable development with respect for social justice.
The class invites students to think critically about the challenges of globalization and technology in a world of social and economic disparity amidst a fast deterioration of natural resources, and to explore how we can build a more just international society that reduces harm to the planet for future generations and species.
Field WorkCountry: Vietnam
Date: February 11, 2020
The Field Class will take place in Ho Chi Minh, the city surrounded by the Sagon River, and the Financial Center of Vietnam with the potential of become an important hi-tech city in the South-East Asia region. However, faces big environmental challenges like critical water waste pollution. The Field Class wants to explore the opportunities and challenges of the Globalization in the local realities, like Ho Chi Minh, with special focus on the efforts to achieve sustainable development to protect the local fauna and flora. We are going to visit the Adidas Shoe Factory and an Environmental NGO.
1. Identify topics globalization and environmental challenges
2. Characterize the role of this global enterprise for the local economy
3. Gain an understanding of the relationship between business and sustainable Development