New Course: Theories of Globalization

Economies and Ecologies of Planetary Change

PSCI 6204/ASPT 6014
Spring Semester
Thursdays, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

This 3-credit course will theorize globalization from an inter-disciplinary perspective, with special focus on the relationship between economy and ecology at the planetary scale.  How has the globalization of industrial capitalism over the past two and half centuries impacted our planet and how are we to understand the political, cultural, and social dimensions of this ongoing transformation?  What roles do humans play in shaping non-human life on the planet, and vice versa?

The topics we will examine include the following:

  • Globalization theory
  • Biopolitics and late-capitalism
  • Planetary urbanization
  • Eco-critique and the anthropocene
  • The politics of resource extraction
  • Extincting and global climate change
  • Fragile and resurgent ecologies

Students will write a research paper based on the seminar readings and discussions.

The course will be taught by Dr. Rohan Kalyan.  Kalyan’s research examines the intersections of globalization and urbanization in the developing world. His work integrates political economy, urban studies, visual ethnography, and post-colonial theory; and incorporates documentary filmmaking.

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