- Are we in a world that is moving toward global citizenship with universal principles and values, or are we on a path toward increasing differentiation marked by economic stratification, racial inequality, and war?
Can nation-states really protect us or is the nation-state the very political form contributing to global insecurity, with battles over resources and territory, and threats of nuclear proliferation?
If one is not a citizen of a wealthy nation, to what extent can one ever hope to have a better life?
In this course, we will explore these questions over the course of the academic term through ethnography, autobiography, social theory, and film. Geographically, our course will move from the U.S., to the Caribbean, to Africa, and then Europe. We will not only examine universal principles, but also their actual practice, from the American Revolution to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and from slavery to genocide.