SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentInternational Master's Program in International Studies, First Year
Course NameDebates of Globalization
InstructorLU YEH-CHUNG
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Week 1 (9/12): Course Overview and Introduction

Mark Zuckerberg, “Building Global Community,” February 17, 2017,


Week 2 (9/19): Definition of Globalization

GT,“The Future Summarized.”

Moises Naim, “Globalization,” Foreign Policy 171 (March/April 2009), pp. 28-34.

Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation [1944] (NY: Octagon Books, 1980), Ch. 6, pp. 68-77.

* Robert Keohane and Joseph Nye, “Globalization: What’s New? What’s Not? (And So What?)” Foreign Policy 118 (Spring 2000), pp. 104-120. 

* Martin Walker, “Globalization 3.0,”The Wilson Quarterly, Vol. 31, Issue 4 (Autumn 2007), pp. 16-24.

* Alexander Gerschenkron, Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective: A Book of Essays (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1962), pp. 5-30.


Week 3 (9/26): IR Theory and Globalization: Much Ado about Nothing?

GT, “Trends Transforming the Global Landscape.”

Articles debating “Which World Are We Living in? ” in Foreign Affairs, Vol. 97, No. 4 (July/August 2018), pp. 10-42.

* Kenneth Waltz, “Globalization and Governance,” PS: Political Science and Politics 32 (December 1999), pp. 693-700.


Week 4 (10/3): Economic Interdependence and Globalization (I): Good Things always Go together?

Theodore C. Bestor, “How Sushi Went Global,” Foreign Policy 121 (November/December 2000), pp. 54-63.

Jagdish N. Bhagwati, “In Defense of Globalization: It Has a Human Face,” Rivista di PoliticaEconomica (November-December 2004), pp. 9-20.

Joseph Stiglitz, “Globalism’s Discontents,” The American Prospect, Vol. 13,No. 1 (January 1, 2002 - January 14, 2002), (accessed 2010/2/18).


Week 5 (10/10): [National Day. No Class.]


Week 6 (10/17): Economic Interdependence and Globalization (II): Winners vs. Losers?

Thomas Piketty, Capital in the 21st Century (MA: Harvard University Press, 2014). [Translation in Chinese]

* Peter Katzenstein, Small States in World Markets (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, 1985), introduction.

* Ethan Kapstein, “Winners and Losers in the Global Economy,” International Organization 54 (Spring 2000), pp. 359-384.



Week 7 (10/24): Economic Interdependence and Globalization (III): How Far Can We Go?

Dani Rodrik, The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy (NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 2011).[Translation in Chinese]

* Geoffrey Garrett, “Global Markets and National Politics: Collision Course or Virtuous Circle?” International Organization 52 (Autumn 1998), pp. 787-824.

* Dani Rodrik, “Trading In Illusions,” Foreign Policy 123 (March/April 2001), pp. 54-62.


Week 8 (10/31): Economic Interdependence and Globalization (IV): Financial Crisis as Inevitable?

Robert H. Wade, “Is Globalization Reducing Poverty and Inequality?”World Development, Vol. 32, No. 4 (2004), pp. 567-589.

Michael Spence, “The Impact of Globalization on Income and Employment,”Foreign Affairs, Vol. 90, No. 4 (July/August 2011), pp. 28-41.

Susan Lund and Laura Tyson, “Globalization Is not in Retreat,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 97, No. 3 (May/June 2018), pp. 130-140.

* Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontents, Ch. 3-4 (pp. 53-132). 


Week 9 (11/7): Power Politics and Globalization (I): Is Power Politics Obsolete?

Richard Haass, “World Order 2.0,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 96, No. 1 (January/February 2017), pp. 2-9.

Kenneth Waltz and James Fearon, “A Conversation with Kenneth Waltz,”Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 15 (June 2012), pp. 1-12.

Margaret E. Keck and Kathryn Sikkink, “Transnational Advocacy Networks in International and Regional Politics,” International Social Science Journal, Vol. 51, Iss. 159 (1999), pp. 89-101.

* Susan Strange,The Retreat of the State: The Diffusion of Power in the World Economy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996).


Week 10 (11/14): [Outline of Group Presentation]


Week 11 (11/21): Power Politics and Globalization (II): Challengers on the Horizon?

John Mearsheimer, The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities (New Haven: Yale University, 2018), selected chapters.

Thomas Christensen, The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2015), chapter 5.

Henry Nau, “America’s International Nationalism,” The American Interest, Vol. 12, No. 3 (January/February 2017), pp. 18-28.

Patrick J. McDonald and Kevin Sweeney, “The Achilles’ Heel of Liberal IR Theory? Globalization and Conflict in the Pre-World War I Era,” World Politics, Vol. 59, No. 3 (April 2007), pp. 370-403.


Week 12 (11/28): Power Politics and Globalization (III): How Serious is this Clash of Civilizations?

Samuel P. Huntington, “Clashes of Civilization?”Foreign Affairs, Vol. 72, No. 3 (Summer 1993), pp. 22-49.

Fouad Ajami, “The Summoning,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 72, No. 4 (September/October 1993), pp. 2-9.

Samuel P. Huntington, “If Not Civilizations, What?Paradigms of the Post-Cold War World,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 72, No. 5 (November/December 1993), pp. 186-194.

Eric Neumayer and Thomas Plümper,“International Terrorism and the Clash of Civilizations,”British Journal of Political Science,Vol. 39 (2009), pp. 711-734.

*Kishore Mahbubani, “The Dangers of Decadence,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 72, No. 4 (September/October 1993), pp. 10-14.


Week 13 (12/5): Power Politics and Globalization (IV): State-Society Relations Revisited

Kathleen Thelen, “Varieties of Capitalism: Trajectories of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity,” Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 15 (June 2012), pp. 137-159.

Sebastian Mallaby, “NGOs: Fighting Poverty, Hurting the Poor,” Foreign Policy,144 (September/October 2004), pp. 50-58.

Articles regarding “Is Democracy Dying?” in Foreign Affairs, Vol. 97, No. 3 (May/June 2018), pp. 10-46.

*Margaret E. Keck and Kathryn Sikkink, Activists beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press 1998).

* James H. Mittelman and Robert Johnston, “The Globalization of Organized Crime, the Courtesan States, and the Corruption of Civil Society,” Global Governance,Vol. 5, No.1 (1999), pp. 103-126.


Week 14 (12/12): Global Governance (I): Definition

Lawrence S. Finkelstein, “What Is Global Governance,” Global Governance, Vol. 1, No. 3 (September-December 1995), pp. 367-372.

Klaus Dingwerth and Philipp Pattberg, “Global Governance as a Perspective on World Politics,” Global Governance, Vol. 12, No. 2 (April-June 2006), pp. 185-203.

Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson, “The Globally Governed--Everyday Global Governance,” Global Governance, Vol. 24, No. 2 (April-June 2018), pp. 193-210.

Arie M. Kacowicz, “Regional Governance and Global Governance: Links and Explanations,” Global Governance, Vol. 24, No. 1 (January-March 2018), pp. 61-79.

* Margaret E. Keck and Kathryn Sikkink, “Transnational Advocacy Networks in International and Regional Politics,” International Social Science Journal, Vol. 51, Iss. 159 (1999), pp. 89-101.

*Michael Barnett and Martha Finnemore, Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004).


Week 15 (12/19): Global Governance (II): Money No Longer Talks?

Ann Capling and Richard Higgott, “Introduction: The Future of the Multilateral Trade System--What Role for the World Trade Organization?” Global Governance, Vol. 15, No. 3 (July-September 2009), pp. 313-325.

Mark Beeson and Stephen Bell, “The G-20 and International Economic Governance: Hegemony, Collectivism, or Both? Global Governance, Vol. 15, No. 1 (January-March 2009), pp. 67-86.

Daniel W. Drezner. “Bad Debts: Assessing China’s Financial Influence in Great Power Politics,” International Security, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Fall 2009), pp. 7-45.


Week 16 (12/26): Global Governance (III): Issue-areas Good for Cooperation?

Daniel W. Drezner, “The Global Governance of the Internet: Bringing the State Back In,” Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 119, No. 3 (Fall 2004), pp. 477-498.

Daniel C. Esty, “Revitalizing Global Environmental Governance for Climate Change,” Global Governance, Vol. 15, No. 4 (October-December 2009), pp. 427-434.

Kenneth W. Abbott, Jessica F. Green, and Robert O. Keohane, “Organizational Ecology and Institutional Change in Global Governance,” International Organization, Vol. 70, No. 2 (Spring 2016), pp. 247-277.

Kamila Szczepanska, “Toward Inclusive Global Governance? Japanese Civil Society, the State, and G7/8 Summitry, 2000-2016,” Global Governance, Vol. 24, No. 2 (April-June 2018), pp.211-228.

* Bruce Cronin, “The Two Faces of the United Nations: The Tension between Intergovernmentalism and Transnationalism,” Global Governance, Vol. 8, No. 1 (January-March 2002), pp. 53-71.

* Jon C. Pevehouse, “Democracy from the Outside-In? International Organizations and Democratization,” International Organization, Vol. 56, No. 3 (Summer 2002), pp. 515-549.







Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



This course is a seminar, and student attendance and participation are essential to the course. Preparation and discussion are therefore highly encouraged. The composition of evaluation is as follows:

  1. Weekly Oral Presentations (20% x 2):

Each week one to two students will be responsible for analyzing and critiquing the assigned readings. This presentation should include a 15 minute assessment of the author’s main argument(s), the evidences and sources used, and the principal findings.

Each student will be presenting his/her views and leading the discussion twice in this semester. Prior to his/her presentation, the student is required to submit a 2-3 page essay highlighting the key analytical issues in assigned readings. The essay is required to be uploaded to the WM5 website by 10pm on Tuesday of the week for presentation.

  1. Team-based Presentation & Paper (40%):

The class will be divided into several groups to present case studies with regard to globalization. Cases will be derived from contemporary and current events or individual backgrounds of the class. [SWOT Analysis]

After oral presentation, this team-work needs to be concluded in a 6 to 8-page paper. Details will follow in class.

  1. Attendance and Participation (20%):

Discussion is essential to the class and students are required to submit questions based upon the reading materials for each week (one question for MA students and two for PhD students) prior to the class, by 10pm on Wednesdays.


* Cell phones shall be turned off or to silent mode during the class. Computers or tablets are not allowed except with prior permission from the instructor. Make-up assignments will not be granted except in case of emergency and in all cases require a note from your doctor. This class adopts a zero-tolerance policy on plagiarism.

Textbook & Reference

See attachment.

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