| California State University, East Bay
|| Dr. Bowen
| International Studies Program
|| MI 4098
|T/R 12-2pm, T 5:30-6:30 and by appt. (885 3583)
| E-Mail: Norman Bowen
Global Systems (IntS 3100)
This course explores the emergence of cross-border systems in business, economics,
politics, communications, culture and science/technology as well as their interconnections.
Informal, unofficial, and illegal systems such as nongovernmental organizations,
world music, the internet and crime syndicates are also addressed. The main
focus is transnational systems created to produce, transport, and promote goods
and services, as well as systems developed to regulate, resist or transform
such globalization. The course also tracks and evaluates formal and informal
structures of global governance.
Rosa Dierks, Introduction to Globalization (Buirnham, 2001)
Robin Broad, ed., Global Backlash (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002)
International organization publications (on-line versions)
Assignments will be updated on-line (Blackboard).
Course evaluation will be based on participation, exams and written assignments. Participation
(20%) includes attendance, presentations, discussions, debate. Quality participation
will be a key to the success of this class and will enhance the learning experience
for all. Students are expected to come to class having prepared the reading
or on-line documents for discussion. Material prepared for class discussion
will be maintained in a course portfolio. There will be a mid-term exam (20%)
and a final (30%) as well as an early diagnostic exercise. There will be one
10-page analytic research papers (30%) based on the class readings as well as
on outside research. The papers will be graded on the quality of the argument
and on the writing. All students are expected to meet with me by the third week
of the course.
- Develop understanding of concepts globalization, global system and global
governance including leading theories and historical perspectives.
- Familiarity with participants in global system including nation-states
and international organizations both public and private.
- Knowledge of a range of different topic areas among which: trade, finance,
corporations, migration, culture, environment, development, the military,
- Acquaintance with research strategies for collecting and analyzing information
about the above concepts, organizations and topics.
- Enhance ability to write a medium length research paper including practice
in thesis development, outlining, information collection and analysis (including
traditional and electronic data bases), and plagiarism avoidance.
- Promote effective oral communication through presentations, discussion,
- Encourage the setting personal goals to improve in one or more of these
areas (and others such as note taking, study skills, exam taking. etc.).
- Identify opportunities for students to volunteer with non-governmental
Outline and Topics:
Roundtable: Globalization pros and cons
Broad, Intro, Part I; Intro, 1.1
Burtless, Globaphobia; 1.2 Annan, Address
1.4 Buchanan Free Trade is not Free; 1.6 IFG, Alternatives toEconomic Globalization
Assignment: Write a one-page brief
discussing the main issues raised in these articles.
Definitions and Theories
Dierks, Intro, Chs 1 and 2; Reader, “One World”
History of Globalization
Broad, Part II, Intro; 2.1 Rodney, How
Europe Underdeveloped Africa;
2.2 Lappeand Collins, Why Can’t People
Feed Themselves?; Heckscher, Long Before Seattle
Rules, Players, Strategies, Payoffs
Dierks, Ch. 3
Dierks, Ch. 4; Broad, 2.8 Gelinas,
The Pillars of the System; Reader, "Capital Goes Global”
Dierks, Ch. 5; Reader, “Trade Winds”;
Broad, 2.6 NIEO
Public Citizen http://www.citizen.org/
Institute for International Economics
World Trade Organization http://www.wto.org/
International Forum on Globalization
Trade and Development Center (WTO/WB)
Dierks, Ch. 6; Broad, 2.5 Weisbot
The Players in the Global System
Dierks, Part III, Intro, Ch 7 (Governments);
Reader, “Bearing the Weight of the Market”;
Broad 2.7 We are to be Sacrificed
Dierks, Ch 8; Reader, “Worldbeater,
Inc.”; Reader, “Delivering the Goods”;
Broad, 2.5 MNCs and US Foreign Policy;
Sweeney, The New Internationalism
Corporate Ethics Roundtable
Broad, Part IV, Intro; 4.1 The Conscious
consumer, 4.2 Ethical Trade;
4.3 Levi Strauss Business Partner Terms;
4.4 Reebok Award; 4.5 Children of the Looms;
4.6 independent Monitoring; 4.7 Certification
Programs; 4.8 Forest Stewardship;
4.9 Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns; 4.10
Statement to College and U. Presidents;
4.11Mechanisms for Labor Rights
Corporate Ethics Websites:
Global Chamber of Commerce http://www.globalindex.com/chamber/welcome.htm
Business and Industry Advisory Commission
of the OECD http://www.biac.org/
“Corporate Governance,” “Guidelines
Transparency International http://www.transparency.de/ Annual Report
Dierks, Ch 9
Dierks, Ch 10 Broad 1.8 Hemispheric Social Alliance;
International Financial Institutions
Dierks, Ch 11; Broad, 1.4 Report
of the IFI Advisory Commission; 1.9 Death of the Washington Consensus?;
5.7 Controlling Casino Capital
International Monetary Fund http://www.imf.org/
World Bank (www.worldbank.org
United Nations Development Program
“Overcoming Human Poverty”
50 Years is Enough http://www.50years.org/
One World On-line http://www.oneworld.net/
“Exchange with World Bank,” “Bretton
“Narmada Dam Campaign,” “Debt Relief”
Roundtable on Trade
Broad, Part III, Intro, 3.1 A Just
and Sustainable Initiative for NA; 3.2 Another Look at NAFTA;
3.3 Cross-Broder Labor Solidarity;
3.4 NAFTA's Labor Agreement; 3.5 Building Workers’Human Rights;
3.6. How the South is Getting a Raw
Deal at the WTO; 3.7 How to Support the Rights of Women Workers
Websites on Fair Trade
Global Exchange http://www.globalexchange.org/
Fair Trade Federation http://www.fairtradefederation.com/
Globalization as Process
Dierks, Ch 12; Broad, 5.1 Our Word is our Weapon; Reader,
“Workers of the World”
Migration and Labor Websites
International Organization on Migration
http://www.iom.int/ “Trafficking in Migrants,” “Migrants Rights”
International Labor Organization
Labournet International http://www.labournet.org/
Final Declaration of the International
Online Network for...Migrant Workers
National Labor Committee http://www.nlcnet.org/
Dierks, Ch. 13
Dierks, Ch 14
Globalization and Culture
Dierks, Ch 15; Reader, “A World View”
Assignment: Interview members of
your family about their taste in music.
How have musical tastes changed
over three generations? What international influences are involved?
Do you detect a globalization of
Globalization and Democracy
Dierks Chs 16-17
Rolling Back Globalization?
Broad Part V, Intro; 5.2 Bringing the Food Economy Back
In; 5.3 Biodiversity Protection;
5.4 The Cochabamba Declaration
on Water; 5.5 The Treaty Initiative;
5.6 South-South Summit Declaration;
5.8 How Much is“Enough”?; 5.9 Toward a Deglobalized World
Dierks, Ch 18; Broad, Conclusion, Intro; C.1 Globalization
Assignment: Review the material in your portfolio including your position paper
Write a one-page commentary on
how your ideas have developed during the class.
INTS 3100 Analytic Paper Guidelines
Analytic Paper Topic: Your paper should investigate
a “global system” that is covered in the class readings. Write a 2500-word
essay using concepts developed in this course. Your paper should include sources
from at least three different data bases (the Internet, Infotrac, Lexis-Nexis,
SIRS, books/journals each count as one data base).
Papers will be evaluated on content and form.
Commit yourself to submitting only your best work. You will be asked to submit
a statement of purpose, outline, bibliography, introduction and your research
notes prior to submitting your paper. Your paper should include an introductory
paragraph with a statement of theme/thesis, development of your argument,
and a conclusion.
- Please carefully follow a paper writing
guide of your choice. Review grammar and punctuation rules, paragraph writing,
thesis statements, topic sentences, and conclusions. All references must
be properly cited. List the paper guide you are following in your bibliography
. As needed, students will be encouraged to obtain writing assistance from
the Student Achievement Center SSH 885 3674.
- Be vigilant about plagiarism. Any direct
quote from your sources, however brief (even a short phrase), that is not
placed in quotation marks constitutes plagiarism, even if you footnote the
source. Your paper must me written in your own words. Limit the number and
length of the quotes you do use. Any written work containing plagiarism will
be assigned a grade of F.
- Take notes from your sources in your own
words and then write your paper. You will be asked to submit your research
- It is very easy to copy text inadvertently
in this electronic age. If you download text, be sure to place it in quotations
marks immediately. Later, you will not remember. You must submit to me paper
copies of any electronic data-base sources you use in your paper.
- Be prepared to make books referenced in
your paper available to me when you submit your paper.
- Unless you obtain prior permission, you
may only use sources written in English.
- If you use any non-CSUEB library materials,
you must indicate the library you used to obtain each source.
- You may wish to make an appointment with a reference librarian prior to
undertaking your project. Steve Philibosian (email@example.com) is
the librarian responsible for political science.
Statement on Plagiarism
“It is the policy of the International Studies
Program and of California State University to treat plagiarism as a very serious
offense. The University Catalog states that students who cheat or plagiarize
may be expelled, suspended, placed on probation or given a lesser sanction.
Plagiarism is defined as:
- purchasing or borrowing papers from any
- recycling your own paper from another class;
- submitting a ghost-written paper;
- copying more than four consecutive words
without citing your source and enclosing the passage in quotation marks;
- paraphrasing without giving credit for
ideas (except on an exam);
- copying work from other students (or permitting
another student to copy your work);
- reproducing the basic sentence structure
from a source while inserting some synonyms or interchanging word order.
- All of the above also applies to material
translated from other languages. If in doubt about whether you are plagiarizing, confer with your