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Globalisation and Regionalisation

ECTS: 
8
Lecturer: 
Prof. Elżbieta Stadtmüller, Ph.D., Habil., Bartosz Michalski, Ph.D., Łukasz Fijałkowski, Ph.D.
Type: 
Compulsory
Lecture
Number of hours: 
2h X 15 weeks = 30 hours (1 semester)
Seminar
Number of hours: 
2h X 15 weeks = 30 hours (1 semester)
Objective: 

Students should be able to describe the socio-political and cultural dimensions of globalisation and regionalisation, the two main processes in the contemporary world (apart from integration and fragmentation). They should also be aware that these processes are contradictory tendencies as well as complementary ones, they are visible on many levels of international relations and concern all actors. Students learn how to analyse the factors which influence these two processes, such as legal norms, organisations and international movements. The fact that during lectures, various paradigms and theoretical approaches will be considered, should teach them also how to interpret contemporary trends from different points of view.

The impact of globalisation and regionalisation on the economic processes and state/regional integration groupings activities within their economic policy. Identification of the most desirable forms of intenational cooperation and efficient strategies enhancing economic development.

Assessment: 

prof. Elżbieta Stadtmuller dr Łukasz Fijałkowski dr Bartosz Michalski
Final written/oral exam
Participation, In-Class Presentations
Multiple-choice test combined with open questions, presentation/essay, discussion during classes. For MA students enrolled in ISM UWr. obligatory exam (open questions) covering contents from political and economic part of the course.

Prerequisites: 

Student should have basic knowledge on political and economic aspects of international relations, and international organizations.

Contents: 

The aim of the seminar is a presentation of the main contemporary trends (globalisation, regionalisation, integration, and fragmentisation). The seminar will focus on interdependency and challenges for international order; the actors in globalisation processes (globalising powers and their objects; antiglobal and alter-global movements); regionalism and regionalisation (‘the old' and ‘the new' regionalism, theories of regionalism); regions and their participation in the processes of globalisation and regionalisation; globalisation/regionalisation and international security; issues of identity and culture in the processes of globalisation and regionalisation; and the concept of global and regional ‘governance'. The main question considered during lectures concerns relations between globalisation/regionalisation and international order in the 21st century - whether globalisation/regionalisation can be a road towards a new multipolarism?

Theoretical issues relating to globalisation and regional economic integration processes, the most characteristic and important tendencies in the world trade and the impact of economic power of states on their geopolitical position. Economic integration processes in the particular regions of the world (North and South America, East-South Asia, Commonwealth of Independent States, Africa) together with key factors of their success/failure. Analysis of the role of regional economic leaders.