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intro to global studies 1
Dr. Philip McCarty
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This 5 page Class Notes was uploaded by Anahit Ghaltaghchyan on Friday June 24, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to global at University of California Santa Barbara taught by Dr. Philip McCarty in Summer 2016. Since its upload, it has received 41 views. For similar materials see intro to global studies 1 in Global Studies at University of California Santa Barbara.

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Date Created: 06/24/16
06/25/2016 ▯ Why global studies? ▯ 1. reaction to vast increases in integration ▯ 2. incredible complexity of issues ▯ 3. simple answers no longer suffice and need an interdisciplinary approach ▯ 4. proliferation of political actors ▯ nation, states, non state actors, corporations, NGOs, social movements, global governance organizations, united nations etc ▯ “globalization” ▯ Global challenges ▯ Global economy ▯ Environmental issues ▯ Political conflicts across borders and within states ▯ Human rights violations ▯ Immigration, refugees, citizenship ▯ Indigenous minority and gender rights ▯ Global media ▯ Pandemics-global health scares ▯ Slums ▯ Climate change, droughts ▯ wastes ▯ Number of people displaced by war has reached a staggering new high- nearly 60 million people on the move, stateless/ “refugees”/homeless ▯ ▯ Global economy ▯ Economic crisis ▯ Reconfirms the undeniable interdependence ▯ World bank, IMF ▯ Roll of Unites states in the crisis ▯ Poverty and inequality ▯ Development ▯ Sustainable development ▯ Regional trade agreements ▯ Political tensions ▯ US/Iraq/Afghanistan ▯ US/Iran ▯ Israel/Palestinian ▯ India/Pakistan ▯ Us/China/Taiwan/North Korea ▯ Us/Eu/Russia ▯ Syria and ongoing regional crises ▯ ▯ Environmental issues ▯ Climate change ▯ Pollution of oceans and air ▯ Toxic waste, recycling ▯ Human rights ▯ Indigenous rights ▯ Native Americans health care ▯ Aboriginal land rights ▯ Indigenous as terrorists/criminals ▯ Human rights violations ▯ State sponsored torture ▯ Genocide-truth and reconciliation commissions ▯ ▯ New global players ▯ Brazil, India, China, Russia, EU ▯ Old media ▯ New media ▯ Global governance ▯ Crisis of national identity ▯ ▯ The role of the past ▯ ▯ Global Perspective ▯ ▯ Defining globalization ▯ General agreement ▯ Globalization-the widening, deepening, speeding up, and growing impact of worldwide interconnections ▯ Interconnectedness is all aspects of contemporary life ▯ Frequent disagreement ▯ How globalization is best conceptualized ▯ When it began ▯ Its casual dynamics ▯ Its consequences ▯ ▯ Debating causes ▯ Economic ▯ Political ▯ Technological innovation ▯ cultural ▯ debating the effects of globalization ▯ growing economic inequalities ▯ erasure of local cultural differences ▯ degradation of the environment ▯ increase of American hegemony ▯ spread of militarism and terrorism ▯ increasing ethnic rivalries, racism ▯ continued oppression of women/ children ▯ Thinking Globally About History ▯ ▯ Trapped by the old ways ▯ some global problems are too difficult to solve and continues to persist despite our best efforts. Because we are applying old ways of things to new global scale problems ▯ ▯ Recent history of western intellectual thought ▯ Modern period (approx. last 300 years) ▯ Rise of nation-states ▯ Rise of professions and universities ▯ Rise of intellectual disciplines and expert knowledge within universities such as law, medicine, engineering, chemistry, sociology, anthro ▯ Holistic thinking is required to understand todays global problems ▯ Need to be interdisciplinary – humanities, social and physical science ▯ ▯ Thinking beyond nation-state framing ▯ Thinking Globally about History ▯ ▯ When did globalization really begin? ▯ 1990’s post cold war and the internet ▯ postmodern post WWII0 beyond modern industrial, technologies compress, space/time and shrink the world th ▯ modern- Mid 19 century)- industrial capitalism and social reorganization of feudal into modern society ▯ colonian 16 century th ▯ Empires of ancient rome and Greece ▯ ▯ BCE and CE usage since late 20 century. Not designating th Christian world view ▯ Auguste Rodin’s the Thinker 1902 ▯ ▯ Akkadian empire ▯ Epic of Gilgamesh 1300 BCE ▯ Silk road ▯ Amber Road ▯ ▯ Stages of afro Eurasian globalization lead to European ascendency 1500 CE-1900 CE ▯ ▯ World as Interconnected ▯ World=totality of interconnected processes ▯ Disassembling its totality falsifies reality ▯ Concerts like nations society culture turns names into things ▯ Why we cant see interconnections ▯ That’s how history is taught ▯ Western development history privileges Europe and then America by placing them in foreground, others in background ▯ Identifies history with civilization, which begins in middle east before passing to Greece, then rome, then Christian Europe ▯ Notion of west is seen as very Eurocentric development of the world ▯ Western civilization story showcases the linear form of events that occurred in a narrative-like manner. Rarely questioned ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯


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