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Stephanie C. Rothmier
SIS 498
Seattle Campus

Readings in International Studies

Reading and discussion of selected works of major importance in interdisciplinary international studies. Restricted to majors in International Studies.

Class description

Civil Society and Public Spheres in a Globalizing World.

Economic and political globalization have led to concerns about the downsizing of civic engagement and participatory democracy. This course will explore the role of civil societies and public spheres in the process of globalization. First, we will investigate how political theorists have constructed civil society and the political public and the challenges they confront. In the second half of the course we will look at actors and organizations that might serve as catalysts for civic participation: What is the actual and potential role of non governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations and transnational networks in creating civic institutions and mobilizing citizens? Do new electronic media such as the internet enhance public spheres? And do, or should, state institutions take on responsibility for activating citizens?

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

This is a reading intensive course. Prepare by reading Michael Edwards (2004), Civil Society, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Class assignments and grading

Class participation and review papers.

Oral presentations 40%, written work 60%.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 01/26/2007