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SPRING 2012 new course GLOS 5900: Asian Capitalisms: ReOrienting Globalization

09:45 A.M. - 12:30 P.M., Th Blegen Hall 278 Global Studies, 3 credits

Vinay Gidwani, Associate Professor of Geography and Global Studies
560 Social Sciences
Tel: 612-625-1397
Email: gidwa002(at)umn.edu

Course Description

Asia is rising. Through distinct and also diverse paths of economic development, the global centre of gravity of economic activities and geopolitical power is shifting towards countries like China and India that just three decades ago were near the bottom of the economic heap. How should we explain Asia's spectacular economic success? What lessons does it contain for conventional understandings of globalization and free trade? Does it alter the way we conceptualize capitalism and market economies? Does the so-called "Asian miracle" reveal an alternative path of economic development, a non-capitalist market economy? In the late eighteenth century the great political economist Adam Smith predicted the eventual equalization of power between the West and the territories it had conquered. Have we arrived at that historic moment and, if so, how will Asia's dominance reconfigure the world economy and the global balance of power (including knowledge production)? And yet, Asia's ascent is not without contradictions: its spectacular economic growth is deeply uneven, marked by vast pockets of economic stagnation, sharply rising inequalities in human wellbeing and access to resources, severe environmental degradation, political repression, rising civil unrest, and its own early forms of imperialism. How will these heightening contradictions impact Asia's meteoric ascent and global ambitions? These are some of the questions we will tackle in the course.

The course is intended for advanced undergraduates and early-career graduate students. Although the course presupposes no prior training in economic, political, or geographic theories of globalization and development, a commitment to engaging with these tenaciously is a must.
Classes will be a combination of lectures, discussions, debates, and audio-visual clips. Readings and assignments will be posted on Moodle. There will be no exams; instead participants will be expected to: a) participate in class debates and post weekly annotations on assigned readings (15%); b) work cooperatively in small groups on a 10-12 page position paper on pre-approved topics, combining a literature review with empirical analysis of secondary information from library materials and online data sources (30%); c) prepare an 8-10 page individual research note on a conceptual or empirical problem that builds upon the group position paper (40%); and d) give a formal end-of-semester presentation of their individual research (15%).

GLOS 5900 Asian Capitalisms Spring 2012 flyer.pdf
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Senior Academic Advisor & Student Services Officer
Graduate Student Services
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Minneapolis, MN 55455

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