Unit 1: Course Introduction


Class 1: Introduction and Overview: What is Globalization? Why should we care? (Monday, January 9) Slides
  • Read this Course Site.
  • Carefully Read Essay Policies.
  • Frieden. Global Capitalism. “Prologue.”

Class 2: Classic Perspectives on Globalization (Tuesday, January 10)
  • Smith, Adam. The Wealth of Nations. Bk IV, Ch 8. (20 pp)
  • Marx, Karl, and Friedrich Engels. Selections from The German Ideology. In Selected Writings. Edited by David McLellan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. (pp 175-99) (24 pp)
  • Jefferson, Thomas. Notes on the State of Virginia. 1787. “Query 12: Manufactures.” (3 pp) Link
  • Hamilton, Alexander. Report on Manufactures. 1791. Selections. (5 pp)

Class 3: Think Global, Buy Local(?) (Wednesday, January 11) Slides
  • McKibben, B. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future: Times Books, 2007. Ch 1.
  • Schwartz, Judith D. 2009. “Buying Local: How It Boosts the Economy.” Time. Link
  • Smith, Adam. The Wealth of Nations. Bk IV, Ch 3, Pt II. (10 pp)
  • Watts, Tyler A. 2011. “The ‘Buy-Local’ Canard.” The Mises Daily. Link
  • Conniff, Richard. 2007. “Don’t Buy Local!” The New York Times. Link
  • Jaquith, Waldo. 2011. “On the Impracticality of a Cheeseburger.” Link
  • Ridley, M. “Humans: Why They Triumphed.” The Wall Street Journal. May 22, 2010. (3 pp)
  • Batson, A. “Not Really ‘Made in China.’” The Wall Street Journal. December 15, 2010 (3 pp) Link
  • Review “Global Midd” Assignment. (Available here.)

Unit 2: Globalization, Then: The First Era of Globalization



Class 4: The Origins of the First Era of Globalization (Thursday, January 12)
  • Reread: Frieden. Global Capitalism. “Prologue.”
  • Krasner, Stephen D. “State Power and the Structure of International Trade.” (In Frieden & Lake.)
  • Morrison, James A. “Before Hegemony: Adam Smith, American Independence, and the Origins of the First Era of Globalization.” International Organization. Forthcoming. Link

-Sunday, 15 January: “Global Midd” Prospectus Due, 10:00 PM-

-Monday, 16 January: “Global Midd” Introductory Presentations-


Class 5: The Golden Era of Globalization (Monday, January 16)
  • Frieden. Global Capitalism. Chs 1, 2. (45 pp)
  • “Global Midd” Introductory Presentations.

Class 6: The Political Economy of Golden Era Globalization (Tuesday, January 17)
  • Schmoller, Gustav von. The Mercantile System and Its Historical Significance Illustrated Chiefly from Prussian History. New York: Peter Smith, 1884. pp 50-80. (30 pp)
  • Angell, Norman. The Great Illusion: A Study of the Relation of Military Power to National Advantage. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1909. Ch 3: “The Great Illusion.” (20 pp) Google Books

Unit 3: Deglobalization and Reglobalization


Class 7: Global Dissolution and Deglobalization (Wednesday, January 18)
  • Frieden. Global Capitalism. Ch 6.
  • Keynes, JM. The Economic Consequences of the Peace. [1919] Chs 1-2. (16 pp) Google Books
  • Frieden. Global Capitalism. Ch 9.
  • Keynes, JM. “National Self-Sufficiency.” The New Statesman and Nation. 8 and 15 July, 1933. (14 pp)

Class 8: Between the Eras of Globalization (Thursday, January 19)
  • Self-screening: Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy. Episode 3: “The New Rules of the Game.” 2002. (120 Minutes) (Link)

Class 9: Reglobalization (Monday, January 23)
  • Frieden. Global Capitalism. Chs 11, 13.

Unit 4: Globalization, Now: The Second Era of Globalization



Class 10: The Underpinnings of the Second Era (Tuesday, January 24)
  • Frieden. Global Capitalism. Ch 17.
  • D5 Joint Interview of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Link
  • Recommended: Steve Jobs: One Last Thing. PBS. 2011 (55 minutes) Link

Topic 1: The Economics of Globalization



Class 11: In Praise of Globalization (Wednesday, January 25)
  • Frieden. Global Capitalism. Ch 18.
  • Wolf, Martin. Selections from Why Globalization Works. (From Mingst & Snyder.) (25 pp)
  • Krugman, Paul. “In Praise of Cheap Labor: Bad Jobs at Bad Wages Are Better Than No Jobs at All.” Slate, March 20 1997. (3 pp)
  • Kristof, Nicholas D., and Sheryl WuDunn. “Two Cheers for Sweatshops.” New York Times, September 24, 2000. (3 pp)

-Wednesday, 25 January: Midterm Essay Due, 10:00 PM-

Class 12: Globalization Skeptics (Thursday, January 26)
  • Frieden. Global Capitalism. Ch 19.
  • Rodrik, Dani. “Trading in Illusions.” Foreign Policy (2001): 55-62.
  • Stiglitz, Joseph. Making Globalization Work. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2006. Ch 1. (20 pp)

Topic 2: The Politics of Globalization



Class 13: The Benefits of Globalization (Monday, January 30)
  • Friedman, Thomas. The Lexus and the Olive Tree. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. Chs 1, 12. (37 pp)

Class 14: The Challenges of Globalization (Tuesday, January 31)
  • Keohane, Robert, and Joseph Nye. “Globalization: What’s new? What’s not? (And so what?).” Foreign Policy (2000): 104-119. Link
  • Naím, Moisés. “The Five Wars of Globalization.” (From Mingst & Snyder.) (7 pp)
  • Barber, Benjamin. “Jihad versus McWorld.” Atlantic Monthly 269, no. 3 (1992): 53-65. Link

Class 15: Globalization and Global Governance (Wednesday, February 1)
  • Finnemore, Martha. “Norms, Culture, and World Politics: Insights from Sociology’s Institutionalism.” International Organization 50, no. 2 (1996), 325-347. (22 pp) Link
  • Milner, Helen V. “Globalization, Development, and International Institutions.” (From Mingst & Snyder.) (16 pp)

-Wednesday, 1 February: “Global Midd” Projects Due, 10:00 pm-


Unit 5: Global Midd



Class 16: Global Midd: Final Group Presentations (Thursday, February 2)