ESP 603: Corporate Power Globalization/Democracy

Synonym:

52102 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Steven Chase

Credits:

3

Seats:

16

Semester:

Spring 2008

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 1/17 - 3/6 (8:00AM-10:59AM)
Thursdays 3/27 - 5/8 (8:00AM-10:59AM)

Description:

Competency Area: Civic Ecology II
Restricted to Fall 07 ES students December 4 - 14. Open to all ES students after December 14.

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, 147free148 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 globalization146s 147race to the bottom148 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.