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The Political economy of globalisation

Economie politique de la mondialisation

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Teacher(s): Jean-Christophe Graz

Validity: 2015 ->

Course Timetable (Weekly)

Date Location Notice Topics Lecturer(s)
2019/2020 : Monday 16:15-18:00 (Weekly) IDHEAP/005     Jean-Christophe Graz, Yannick Perticone
2019/2020 : Thursday 10:15-12:00 (Weekly) Géopolis/2144     Jean-Christophe Graz, Sylvain Maechler
2019/2020 : Thursday 12:15-14:00 (Weekly) Géopolis/2137     Jean-Christophe Graz, Sylvain Maechler

Course

Autumn semester
6 hours per week
84 hours per semester
Weekly
Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 6.00, 9.00

Objective

Forge a distinct understanding of globalisation by drawing upon existing scholarship in international political economy; be able to identify and differentiate theoretical approaches and their privileged field of investigation; develop analytical skills by writing reviews on assigned readings; develop oral and written communication skills by presenting and debating such reviews, as well as by putting into practice a simulation of diplomatic conference .

Content

In less than two decades, globalisation has become a significant issue in the social sciences. Disciplinary fields and various theoretical approaches compete in the definition of globalization and the sort of the phenomena to be studied.
In the field of international relations, approaches in terms of international political economy lay emphasis on power relations between politics and economics, national and transnational. Far from opposing states and markets, globalization is associated with the social transformations that go along with the internationalization of economic processes and the role of states and non-state actors that are part of such processes.
The course engages the topic from an historical, theoretical and empirical perspective. It is based on a number of essential readings to get to know the literature, the major currents of thought in international political economy and the lessons to be learned in order to situate the field of study of globalization in the analysis of international relations. It examines the contemporary debate on a range of major themes, such as the integration and disintegration of production, finance and trade, or the rise of non-state actors in the regulation of globalization.
This year, the course deals more specifically with the challenges of the political economy of globalization in the relationship between labour, production and digitalization. After a number of introductory lectures on the main themes and approaches in globalization studies in international political economy, we will examine into more detail a core issue of international political economy: labour. The course seeks to identify and explain the different theoretical approaches concerning labour and production, the international order in which it is situated, the actors involved in their regulation, the globalization of production processes, from multinationals to global production networks. We will also study the instruments available to workers and trade unions to defend their rights, as well as the illicit aspect of these phenomena, such as forced labour, trafficking in human beings and other forms of modern slavery. Finally, we will explore contemporary debates on digitalization and the developments of artificial intelligence, their implication on work and the current shift towards platform capitalism.
The course promotes the development of skills in critical analysis on issues such as the role of States in the global political economy and the rise of non-state actors in international regulatory mechanisms. A simulation of the G20 press conference is organised at the end of the semester to apply in concrete ways the analytical skills acquired during the course. Special attention will thus be paid to issues related to the future of work in a digital economy.

Additional information

http://moodle2.unil.ch

Use contextFaculty codeStatusCredits
Enseignements supplémentaires MA en Politique et Management Publics (2013 ->) ›› Enseignements supplémentaires MA en Politique et Management PublicsOptional9.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Digital Humanities, Political Science (2016 ->) ›› Mondialisation, Enseignements à choix, Maîtrise universitaire en humanités numériques, Science politiqueOptional9.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science (2015 ->) ›› Enseignements spécifiques, orientation MondialisationCompulsory9.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science (2017 ->) ›› Enseignements spécifiques, orientation MondialisationCompulsory9.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Public Management and Policy (2013 ->) ›› Public Law (UNIBE)Optional9.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Public Management and Policy (2013 ->) ›› Public Management (UNIBE)Optional9.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Public Management and Policy (UNIBE) (2013 ->) ›› Public Law (UNIBE)Optional9.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Public Management and Policy (UNIBE) (2013 ->) ›› Public Management (UNIBE)Optional9.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Public Management and Policy (UNIL) (2013 ->) ›› Public Finance and Economics (UNIL)Optional9.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Public Management and Policy, International Governance and public Administration (UNIL) (2019 ->) ›› International governance and public administration (UNIL)Optional9.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Public Management and Policy, Politics, Law and Economics of Regulation (UNIL) (2016 ->) ›› Politics, Law and Economics of Regulation (UNIL)Optional9.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Public Management and Policy, Transformation and innovation in the public sector (UNIL) (2018 ->) ›› Transformation and innovation in the public sector (UNIL)Optional9.00
Master of Arts (MA) in Social Sciences (2007 ->) ›› Main Module, Specific Orientation: Social Policy and Social Development, Master of Arts in Social SciencesOptional9.00
Master of Arts (MA), Political Sciences (Secondary Study Area) (2007 ->) ›› Orientation: Globalisation, Master of Arts in Political Science for Students in HumanitiesOptional9.00
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