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KINT 3990 - Global Civil Society

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

In this course we set out to critically explore the nature and future of global politics beyond the nation-state. How do we conceptualise democracy in times of the globalisation and what role does the internet play in contemporary political activism? Who is a legitimate global civil society actor, Angelina Jolie, Bill Gates, Greenpeace, or occupy? What does the spread of surveillance technologies do to global activism? What are the strategies through which different non-state actors try to have impact on the nature and consequences of global politics? And what is the recent rise of populism all about ? An important part of answering these question is a critical self-reflection on social scientific knowledge production. Hence, our course will start with a discussion of how to study these phenomena and the ‘impact' of non-state actors to begin with. Here, we will pay particular attention to constructivist and reconstructive approaches and research methods. Central to the debates in our course is the concept ‘global civil society'. We will see how fascinating and, at the same time, politically charged the concept is. All this will bring students into the position to critically assess how global civil society changes the world. This will be done in group work that focuses on the empirical analysis of a case of students' choice. The outcome of these studies will be presented and discussed in a conference at the end of the course. Students who wish to take this course need to be intersted in and open to engage with relevant theories and concepts! Prof Mary Kaldor will join us to provide two lectures.


  • KALDOR, Mary (Professor)
  • SELCHOW, Sabine (LSE Fellow/lecturer)

Pedagogical format

Our course is divided into six sets of interrelated sessions. This enables us to go beyond a pure lecture-format and to engage in guided discussions about the topics.

Course validation

One essay at the end of the course (3,000 - 5,000 words).

Additional required reading

  • Kaldor, Mary (2003) Global Civil Society: An Answer to War. Cambridge : Polity Press
  • LSE Global Civil Society Knowledgebase ( )
  • Supplemental readings : these texts will be posted on the website