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IR250: The Global Politics of Protest and Change



Course Content

Protest movements and populism from below; #Occupy and the Arab Spring; Al Qaeda and Islamic State; Black Lives Matter and Invisible Children; WikiLeaks and Twitter; fake news and compromats -  bottom-up forces are rapidly changing the face of global politics, which today involves much more than states and international institutions. But who are the actors driving global change and what are their roles in global politics? What are their aims and power? What is the role of the media and new technologies in protest and change? And, crucially, what are the implications for global democracy, peace 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, multinational corporations, and institutions such as the International Criminal Court 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 and with activists and practitioners driving global change.

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 at:: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/internationalDevelopment/research/CSHS/civilSociety/yearBook/yearbookArchive.aspx

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice



Session: Two

Dates: 10 - 28 July 2017

Professor Mary Kaldor
Dr Iavor Rangelov

Guest lecturers include:
Dr Geoffrey Pleyers
Dr Sabine Selchow, civil society activists and practitioners.

Level: 200 level

Fees: Click here for information

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

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: Written work (40%) and one written examination (60%)

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US)
7.5 ECTS points (EU)

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