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IR250: The Global Politics of Protest and Change

Session One: 8 July – 16 July 2013

Prerequisites: At least one introductory course in either social science (e.g. political science, international relations, sociology, economics), history, or law.

Lecturers include: Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor Jan Aart Scholte, Professor Ruti Teitel, Lord Meghnad Desai, civil society activists and practitioners.

Convenors: Dr Iavor Rangelov, Dr Sabine Selchow

Protests across Europe and the Middle East; #Occupy Wall Street parallel climate summits; the Fair Trade movement; Al Qaeda; Save Darfur; Davos and Porto Alegre; WikiLeaks and Twitter - bottom-up forces are rapidly changing the face of global politics, which today involves much more than international institutions and heads of state. But who are the actors driving global change and what are their roles in global politics? How do they come together and mobilise and what is their power? What is the role of the media and new information and communication technologies in protest and change? And, crucially, what are the implications for global democracy and global justice?

This course is unique in its bottom-up approach to the study of politics and social change, emphasising the role of human agency and activism in the process of globalisation. Lectures in the course focus on specific issues ranging from political consumerism, new media and forms of protest, to the anti-capitalist movement and the ‘war on terror’. The role of key global actors will be explored, including social movements and NGOs, nationalist and religious movements, the global media, global summits, and institutions such as the International Criminal Court, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

The course offers a unique opportunity for students to engage with some of the leading scholars in the study of globalisation. Our lecturers include Professor Mary Kaldor, Director of LSE’s Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit; Professor Jan Aart Scholte, author of Globalization: A Critical Introduction; Lord Meghnad Desai, a pioneer of the study of economic globalisation; Professor Ruti Teitel, author of Humanity’s Law; as well as a number of civil society activists and practitioners from different contexts.

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

M. Kaldor, Global Civil Society: An Answer to War, Polity Press (2003).
IR250: Global Politics of Protest and Change Course Pack will be provided.

Students are encouraged to have a look at the Global Civil Society Yearbooks published by the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at LSE; the Yearbooks can be accessed online|.

Lectures: 36 hours    Classes: 12 hours
Assessment: Written work (40%) and one written examination (60%)

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