University of Sussex
MA option
Spring-Summer 2000

This outline is provisional. Final course contents and full reading list will be published later in autumn term.

Sociology of global politics

Tutor: Professor Martin Shaw

E504 (office hours), 678032,

Secretary, Shirley Stay, E412, 678892,

Aims and objectives/Course information/Course NEWS

Course summary

Part I: Introducing global politics

Week 2

Week 3

Introduction: the global and the national-international

Global politics vs. globalization: myths of the powerless state

Part II:  Origins of global politics

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Crisis of inter-imperial state system - origins of Western and global state integration

Democratic revolution versus the Cold War system: 1956, 1968 and all that

Crisis of the Cold War bloc-system: countdown to 1989

Part III: The global democratic revolution and its contradictions

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

1989-91: Revolution and counterrevolution in the Soviet bloc, China,  Yugoslavia

1985-2000 in Asia, Latin America and Africa: conflicts of the democratic revolution

Global democracy and hegemony: expansion and limits of Western power

Universal order and international failure: contradictions of the global layer