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Theorizing Globalization from the Third World

CHUM 312
Fall 2010
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 314
Course Cluster: African Studies

There exists a growing consensus that we live in a "global" world--a world defined by cosmopolitan democracy, liberal market capitalism and an expanding telecommunications infrastructure bringing us ever closer together. This narrative, however, largely fails to acknowledge the profound impact the long and often violent anti-colonial struggles in the Third World had in shaping the phenomenon now called globalization. This course revisits theorists of national liberation as a provocation to critically evaluate the concept "globalization" and explore alternative notions of the nation and nationalism, racial difference, economic development and transnational solidarity. In addition to reading a number of contemporary advocates and critics of globalization (Friedman and Shiva), we will situate globalization within the history of colonial rule and the emergence of the Third World as an alternative political project. The class will also focus on a number of works by prominent writers of national liberation (Aimé Césaire, Franz Fanon, Mahatma Gandhi, Kwame Nkrumah, Che Guevara, Léopold Senghor, Jomo Kenyatta, Amilcar Cabral, Steve Biko, and others) in order to re-theorize globalization within the context of national liberation.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS CHUM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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