Globalisation: World Politics and Economics
Full course description
In this course students will use ideas from political philosophy to understand issues that are characterisit of our increasingly globalized world. We will study the problem of increasing inequality, and use Rawls’ theory of justice to get a handle on that. We will also look at this from the perspective of freedom and the various forms of liberty. Elizabeth Anderson’s idea of ‘private government’ will be used to understand the disparity between freedom and reality for most of society. In a globalized world the old problem of the tragedy of the commons takes on new forms. What can we say about this from the philosophy of property rights? What is the role of the nation state in a globalized world where patterns of migration can upset notions of cultural identity. Where cultures are mixed and mingled, what happens to authenticity? For many today the idea of climate change looms large on the future. What is justice in relation to changes in climate? If future generations have rights, what are these based on? If we want to change the behavior of people (for instance to reduce their environmental footprint), what are the limits of our right to do so? How far can we interfere with their freedom?
This course course provides students with a basic knowledge on issues related to ‘globalization’. It will look at such issues from the perspective of ideas in political philosophy.
In this course students do not use one textbook. Instead an e-reader will be provided which contains the readings per problem.