77975 - ECONOMIC HISTORY OF GLOBALIZATION

Scheda insegnamento

  • Docente Michele Alacevich

  • Crediti formativi 8

  • SSD SECS-P/12

  • Modalità di erogazione In presenza (Convenzionale)

  • Lingua di insegnamento Inglese

  • Orario delle lezioni dal 19/02/2018 al 23/05/2018

Anno Accademico 2017/2018

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

Globalization is a complex and multipronged phenomenon. Economic globalization proper has fully unfolded during the last hundred and fifty years, yet globalizing episodes characterized earlier periods as well. This course will take a long view of the economic and political history of the world, and discuss how flows of commodities, people, and ideas have become increasingly globalized. The course will discuss how globalization affects national and international inequality, economic development and institutions, as well as the relationship between global and local dynamics, and between economic, political, and social phenomena. By the end of the course, students will be able to discuss the fundamental trends of the economic and political history of the world in the last millennium, and critically examine the historical scholarship on globalization.

Programma/Contenuti

Globalization is a complex and multipronged phenomenon. Economic globalization proper has dramatically unfolded during the last hundred and fifty years, yet globalizing episodes characterized earlier periods as well. This course will take a long view of the economic and political history of the world, and discuss how flows of commodities, people, and ideas have become increasingly globalized.

We will discuss how globalization affects national and international inequality, economic development and institutions, as well as the relationship between global and local dynamics, and between economic, political, and social phenomena.

Learning aims

By the end of the course, you will have developed critical thinking skills and will be able to analyze and discuss the fundamental trends of globalizing and de-globalizing eras. You will also be able to critically examine the historical and economic scholarship on globalization.

Testi/Bibliografia

Mandatory readings for students attending class

Philip T. Hoffman (2015), Why Did Europe Conquer the World?, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press

Jeffrey G. Williamson (2006), Globalization and the Poor Periphery before 1950, Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press

Michele Alacevich and Anna Soci (2017), A Short History of Inequality, Newcastle upon Tyne: Agenda Publishing

Saskia Sassen (2014), Expulsions. Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy, Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

Mandatory readings for classes of 19-21/3 and 9-11/4

19.03.18: Globalization and environment. Text: Geels Frank. 2012. A socio technical analysis of low carbon transitions: introducing the multilevel perspective into transport studies. In Journal of Transport Geography. Vol. 24, pp. 471-482

21.03.18: Governance and climate change. Text: Jordan, A., Wurzel, R., & Zito, A. R. 2013. Still the century of 'new' environmental policy instruments? exploring patterns of innovation and continuity. Environmental Politics, 22(1)

09.04.18: Energy security and Environmental sustainability in developing countries. What is global? what is local? Text: Nidia Catherine Gonzalez, New Environmental Policy Instruments in the Tradeoff between Energy and Environmental Sectors in Developing Countries, «Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche», 2017, XII, pp. 333 - 354

11.04.18: Innovative Public Management: Optimizing Common Pool Resources. Text: Ostrom E. 1990. Governing the Commons. The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Chapters 1 and 6.

You must read these texts in advance. As an assignment for each class, you must be able to discuss the research question of each paper. Also, you must select a topic or a question that particularly caught your attention, and be able to elaborate on it.

Texts are available through the class Facebook page.

Mandatory readings for students who will not attend class

Philip T. Hoffman (2015), Why Did Europe Conquer the World?, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press

Jeffrey G. Williamson (2006), Globalization and the Poor Periphery before 1950, Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press

Michele Alacevich and Anna Soci (2017), A Short History of Inequality, Newcastle upon Tyne: Agenda Publishing

Saskia Sassen (2014), Expulsions. Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy, Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

Jan C. Jansen and Jürgen Osterhammel (2017), Decolonization. A Short History, Princeton: Princeton University Press

Jürgen Osterhammel and Niels P. Petersson (2005), Globalization. A Short History, Princeton: Princeton University Press

Alain Touraine (2015), La globalizzazione e la fine del sociale, Milano: Il Saggiatore (parte I)

Metodi didattici

Lectures and class discussion. Depending on the number of students attending the course, class presentations by students on specific topics may be organized, in agreement with the instructor.

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Grades will be assigned through a written exam (for students attending class) or an oral exam (for non-attending students) aimed at evaluating your ability to explain and critically discuss the facts and analytical questions examined during the class lectures and in the bibliographic references. For attending students, preparation for the exam will be based on (I) the mandatory readings, (II) your class notes of topics not covered by the readings, and, if applicable, (III) your class presentation and participation in class discussion. Class attendance is highly recommended.

Non-attending students will be evaluated on the mandatory readings for non-attending students.

Orario di ricevimento

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