Globalization, World Politics and the USA

The course is designed to offer students a thorough introduction, both theoretical and policy-oriented, to globalization – the most frequently used term in the last two decade in international politics and to the current international powers structures in motion. Our interest will predominantly be placed on explaining the significance of the emerging transnational and interregional networks and systems and their interaction with the national systems. Consequently, our attempt will aim towards understanding complex relations between states, international institutions, non-governmental organizations and multinational corporations which make up the global order. The intention is to provide an overview of the major theories, ideas and schools of thought in the globalization debates, as well as an insight into the important layers of the international order. Within the contemporary architecture of power special emphasis will be given to the foreign policy of the United States of America.