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LSE Global Governance offers a graduate course and a summer school on "Global Civil Society". With our courses we try to introduce students with both big ideas and theories as well as concrete developments associated with 'globalisation from below.'

DV429 Global Civil Society I (MT)|

DV429 will introduce students to the key conceptual building blocks of 'global civil society'. Instead of a weekly lecture and class, the course will be taught in weekly three hour sessions, alternating teacher-led sessions with student-led sessions. Each session will introduce a different set of concepts, explore their historical origin and how they apply in a 'global' world.

The course brings together various strands of thinking, including classic texts on civil society and contemporary literature on globalisation, which are needed to understand and critically assess global civil society as a contemporary global socio-political phenomenon as well as a political science concept. Global Civil Society I and Global Civil Society II are complementary. Taking both is recommended but not obligatory. The course is taught by Professor Mary Kaldor and Sabine Selchow.

 
DV430: Global Civil Society II (MT)|

DV430 will investigate global civil society from five different critical perspectives – war, civility, the media, space, and hegemony. Each of these perspectives will be approached both in theory and in real world practise. The course will alternate between three hour teacher led sessions and three hour student led sessions. Global Civil Society I and Global Civil Society II are complementary. Taking both is recommended but not obligatory. The course is taught by Professor Mary Kaldor and Sabine Selchow.

Summer School

Applications are now open for the LSE Global Governance summer school course 'The Global Politics of Protest and Change', which will focus on issues ranging from political consumerism, new media and forms of protest to the anti-capitalist movement and the 'war on terror', offering a unique opportunity for students to engage with some of the leading scholars in the study of globalisation.

This course is unique in its bottom-up approach to the study of politics and social change, emphasising the role of human agency, activism and resistance in the process of globalization. It is about the contested nature of global civil society and takes a comprehensive approach to the issue. The course discusses the competing understandings of 'anti-globalization' and 'globalization from below' in the context of global activism on issues such as capitalism and social justice, democracy, human rights, and the global war on terror. The role of key agents in this struggle will be explored - from social movements and NGOs to global media and institutions such as the UN, WTO and the World Bank. Key concepts that help to understand 'global civil society' will be unpacked, e.g. anti-politics, social contract, hegemony, the public sphere, violence and civility.

The course offers a unique opportunity for students to engage with some of the leading scholars in the field of globalization. Our lecturers include Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor David Held, Professor Martin Albrow, Professor Lord Meghnad Desai, as well as key civil society activists from different contexts.

This is an intermediate level course and requires some basic knowledge in areas of politics, development and international relations. It is particularly useful for students with a first degree, advanced undergraduates or those with practical experience in NGOs, MNC or international organisations.

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