Espace mondial, a French vision of Global studies
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To explain how globalization rebuilt public policy and social behavior, we study the different political, economic, and social actors - public or private, individual or collective - and the exchanges and interactions between them that are remaking international relations. This course is inspired by a French sociological and historical approach to international relations. This course is also available in french version:

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  • Week 1 - Introduction
    The current global world implies a new approach of the international arena, breaking with classical theories.
  • Week 2 - Inequalities
    The main economic and social parameters indicate an unequal and instable world.
  • Week 3 - Regionalism
    The nation-state territory is challenged by new kinds of integration, and particularly by fragile regional constructions.
  • Week 4 - World Actors
    Nation-states are no more the only international actor. Many groups and 7 billions of individuals are now potential actors of our current international system.
  • Week 5 - Globalization
    Globalization is a complex process which is challenging the main traditional aspects of the world order.
  • Week 6 - Identities
    Identity has to be revisited and considered as a social and a political construct.
  • Week 7 - Religions
    Religion is perceived as a major parameter of the present world order, but generally in an oversimplified way.
  • Week 8 - Nation State
    Is traditional nation-state still working everywhere around the world?
  • Week 9 - Power
    Is power still meaningful and efficient?
  • Week 10 - War and Peace
    New international conflicts have a specific configuration and imply a new treatment.
  • Week 11 - International System
    Polarization and multilateralism are the new features of the post 1945 international system. The first one is probably over; the second one is challenged.
  • Week 11 - Conclusion
    Going ahead to a new regulation?


Bertrand Badie

Marie-Françoise Durand


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