ESP 603: Corporate Power Globalization/Democracy

Synonym:

66292 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Steven Chase

Credits:

3

Seats:

16

Semester:

Spring 2010

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 1/21 - 5/6 (8:00AM-10:59AM)

Description:

Competency Area: Civic Ecology II
Restricted SP 09, Fall 09 & SP 10 ES masters students from December 8 – 16; open to all ES students on December 17.

The future of the world ultimately depends on how people decide to organize and conduct their economic and political lives. This course will take a critical look at the issues that democratic societies face in an era marked by transnational corporations, ?free? trade regimes, the international debt crisis, structural adjustment, and the growing dominance of neoliberalism as a political ideology. In particular, we will explore the economic and policy mechanisms that drive corporate globalization?s ?race to the bottom? in working conditions, human rights, democratic participation, environmental protection, public health, and ecological sustainability. The course will also examine a range of economic and policy alternatives that might help create more just, democratic, and sustainable societies.