Global Issues in a Changing World


Block I


I.A. Challenges of Globalization

This block provides an overview by introducing the phenomenon of globalization, its forms, and its causes. The global issues approach is contrasted to the traditional perspective of international relationsórelations between states.

I.B. The Struggle for Primacy in a Global Society

I.C. The Rise of Non-State Actors

Block II

Conflict and Security

II.A. Weapons Proliferation and Armed Conflict

Security issues remain prominent on the global landscape. Major issues addressed include ethnic and political conflict, weapons proliferation, nationalism, crime, and terrorism.

II.B. Nationalism

II.C. Cultural Clashes

II.D. Crime

II.E. Terrorism

II.F. Global Security

Block III

The Global Economy

III.A. Free Trade vs. Protectionism

Economic interdependence can reduce the likelihood of conflict and economic rivalries can increase the likelihood of conflict. The competition within the developed world for scarce resources often in the underdeveloped world continues as a global issue. Poverty and the political economy of development are covered.

III.B. The Political Economy of Development

III.C. Poverty in a Global Economy

III.D. Inequalities

Block IV

Global Governance and Democracy

III.A. International Governance

The principal global governance remains the UN, and the UN remains a statist institution. Major powers show no willingness to surrender state sovereignty to a supranational government. Still, there are many opportunities for global governance. Democracy promotion remains a staple of UN and U.S. policy, but the approaches vary significantly.

III.B. Intergovernmental Institutions

III.C. Nongovernmental Organizations

III.D. Democracy Promotion

Block V

Development and Human Rights

IV.A. The Development and Globalization of Human Rights

Development is given special attention. This block of instruction addresses population trends and migration, the changing role of women, issues specific to children, and the widespread persistence of disease and poor health.

IV.B. Women and Development

IV.C. Children

IV.D. Population and Migration

IV.E. Health and Disease

Block VI

The Environment

V.A. Sustainable Development

The environment is part of the global commons, and population growth increasingly stresses it. Developed states make disproportionate use of environmental resources and underdeveloped states require greater access to lift their populations out of poverty and disease. Sustainable development is covered in this block of instruction, as is the issue of regulating the environmental commons equitably. Conflict over scarce natural resources can be expected to increase.

V.B. Regulating the Environmental Commons

V.C. Competition for Natural Resources

Block VII

Conclusion and Future Prospects

VI.A. Review and Conclusions

The final block of instruction reviews the major issues presented earlier in the course, presents challenges and opportunities on the horizon, and ventures into prospects for the future.

VI.B. Future Prospects

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