POL108: Global Networks
Global Networks is an introduction to global politics, with a special focus on the emergence of networks as a new formation on the world political landscape. After reviewing some theories and assumptions concerning the major features of global politics, the course then surveys some major ways in which networks are manifest today, from transnational corporations to networks of terror and criminality to social activists and non-governmental organizations. Throughout the course, we probe how networks challenge some of the traditional ways we think about international relations, including the nature of state sovereignty, global governance, and citizenship. Each year, a successful applicant from Pol108 spends a summer working in the Citizen Lab as a research intern.