Global Politics and Culture

Global Politics and Culture explores the impact of globalization on cultural diversity. The era of globalization has not eliminated established historical debates, for example on the place of the individual in society or the tension between religion and secularism. Rather, these debates take on new forms and manifestations in the global era. As local, global and transnational identities emerge and evolve, new expressions of solidarity, ethics and political action emerge as well.  For the prevailing presuppositions of globalization’s effects on cultural diversity to evolve, we must explore new concepts and categories that have emerged as central in the study of culture and politics in recent years. Both enduring and newer issues must be understood with historical depth as well as an appreciation for contemporary debate.

Cultural debates take on new forms and manifestations in the global era.

Specific issues within this course area might include religion and secularism; feminism; identity politics; opposition to violence and terror; cosmopolitanism and urbanism; nationalism; ethnicity and identity; and post-colonialism.