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Discipline(s): 
Economics
International Relations
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Credits: 
3
Language of instruction: 
English
Prerequisites: 

None

Description: 

This course studies Berlin as a city, a national capital, a hub between Eastern and Western Europe and a case study of globalization. It analyzes the various definitions of globalization and how it affects cities with regard to their economic and social structure, and their challenges and solutions in fields such as energy, mobility, and housing.  The course also introduces the functioning of European markets, their integration into a global economy and what that means for people who live in large European cities.

In a comparative perspective we will analyze how the establishment of a European Single Market with a common currency, the Euro, and the financial and debt crisis led to a new relationship between politics and the economy. We will also look at different responses to globalization and compare debates in the US, Germany (Berlin), France (Paris) and Russia (St. Petersburg).

The course offers various opportunities for contact and practical experience through excursions, discussions, and guest lecturers from businesses, associations, political institutions, and diplomacy. An IES Abroad field study trip to Paris and St. Petersburg will round out the course.

Learning outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students are able to:

  • Explain the discourses on globalization, urban development and how European cities deal with challenges of globalization.
  • Connect the discussion on globalization, the debt crisis and social and economic changes on a micro-level.
  • Summarize recent political and socio-economic changes in Europe and be able to interpret these developments. Germany, France and Russia will offer very specific cases to study development and interdependence.
Method of presentation: 

Lectures, excursions, conferences, guest lecturers, student presentations, and discussion in class

Required work and form of assessment: 

Final grades will be based on a midterm (20%), a final examination (25%), a term paper (7 pages) (25%), and oral presentation and participation (30%). Class attendance is required.

content: 

1. Introduction
BMF, Wilhelmstrasse 67, Berlin-Mitte:
Optional Excursion to the Federal Ministry of Finance to meet with Cornelius Raapcke-Eckert (EU Cohesion Policy and the future EU budget)

Sophienstrasse 28/29, Berlin-Mitte: Optional Excursion to the Netzwerk Europäische Bewegung to meet with the Vice-Secretary General Karoline Münz for a discussion on EU Lobbying and current EU policies

2. What is Globalization?
How can we define this term?
Search on the Internet and in publications for definitions of globalization and answer the following questions:
What are the key variables and qualities according to the definition?
Is it an analytical or a political term with positive or negative connotations?

3. What are Global Trends in the 21st Century?
Required Reading:  European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS)

Recommended Reading: Global trends - Horizon 2030
http://ec.europa.eu/bepa/espas/index_en.htm

Minutes from the Horizon 2030 conference (ESPAS global trends minutes 11.pdf)

4. What is Europe?
Required Reading: Rifkin, Jeremy 2005 The European Dream, online summary

Recommended Reading: The Independent 2007: So what has the European Union ever done for us? Apart from…
   
Europe in numbers:
http://www.eds-destatis.de/en/tdm/downloads/EU2011/EU2011wf.php

5. What are Impacts of Globalization on the European Union
Required Reading: Jacoby, Wade / Meunier, Sophie (2010): Europe and the management of Globalization, in: Journal of European Public Policy, 17: 3, 299 — 317

Recommended Reading: Bengtsson, Rikard / Elgström, Ole (2012): Conflicting Role Conceptions? The European Union in Global Politics, in: Foreign Policy Analysis 8, January, 93-108

European Commission 2006: Globalisation: Trends, Issues and Macro Implications for the EU, Luxembourg
http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/publications/publication668_en.pdf (KOM Globalization 06)

6. Is the European Union a Solution or Part of the Problem?
Required Reading: Streeck, Wolfgang: The crisis of democratic capitalism, in: New Left Review 71, September / October 2011, 5-29

Recommended Reading: Leibfried, Stephan / Wolf, Dieter 2005: Europeanization and the Unravelling European Nation State: Dynamics and Feedback Effects, in: European Foreign Affairs Review 10: 479-499

Council of Regions: Power point presentation on “Bringing Europe out of crisis and effective delivery of Europe 2020 on the ground: Contribution of the Committee of the Regions & its Europe 2020 Monitoring Platform” (cor_and financial crisis 11.ppt)

7. When Globalization Hits Home: The Financial and Debt Crisis Since 2008
Required Reading:  Brookings Institute 2010: Global Metro Monitor, Washington D.C.

Recommended Reading: European Commission 2009: Economic Crisis in Europe: Causes, Consequences and Responses, Luxembourg
    http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/publications/publication15887_en.pdf

    http://ec.europa.eu/financial-crisis/documentation/index_en.htm

European Commission 2009: Impact of the economic crisis on key sectors of the EU – the case of the manufacturing and construction industries December 2009 update
KOM Impact of crisis on sectors 09.pdf

Bertelsmann Foundation et al 2012: MANIFESTO - PROMOTING SOLIDARITY AND INTEGRATION WITHIN THE EUROZONE

8. How is France Dealing with Globalization: The Case of Paris
Required Reading: Albecker, Marie-Fleur 2011: The Effects of Globalization in the First Suburbs of Paris: From Decline to Revival?, in: Berkeley Planning Journal 23:1, 102-131

Recommended Reading: McNeill, Donald 2006: Europe and the Globalized City: The Case of London, in: Comparative European Politics, 4, 218–234

FDI Flows 2010.ppt

9. Mid-Term exam
Book or Film Review

10. How is Russia Dealing with Globalization: The Case of St. Petersburg
Required Reading: Tarr, David G.: Russia: in OECD (Ed.): Globalisation and Emerging Economies, Paris, 251-283
http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/download/fulltext/5108061e.pdf?ex...

Trumbull, Nathaniel S. 2003: The impacts of globalization on St. Petersburg: A secondary world city in from the cold?, in: The Annals of Regional Science 37, 533-546

Gilman, Martin: Russia faces the contagions of globalization, in: The St. Petersburg Times, 16.2.2010
http://www.sptimes.ru/index.php?story_id=30829&action_id=2

11. How is Germany Dealing with Globalization?
Required Reading: Reimut Zohlnhöfer (2011): Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Grand Coalition's Response to the Economic Crisis, German Politics, 20:2, 227-242

Recommended Reading: Statistisches Bundesamt (2012): Bruttoinlandsprodukt 2011 in Deutschland, Begleitmaterial für die Pressekonferenz im Januar 2012, Wiesbaden

Enderlein, Henrik: Power Point Presentation on the „The German and Scandinavian Model“

12. Berlin: Social Structure, Demographic Trends and Integration Policies
Required Reading: Eurostat (2012): Active ageing and solidarity between generations. A statistical portrait of the European Union 2012, Luxembourg

13. Berlin: The Future of Mobility in a Modern City
Required Reading:  Mobilitätsbericht Berlin 2011

14. Berlin: Climate Change, Energy Policy and the Green City
Required Reading: Kern, Kristine / Bulkeley, Harriet 2009: Cities, Europeanization and Multi-level Governance: Governing Climate Change through Transnational Municipal Networks, in: Journal of Common Market Studies, 47:2, 309-332

Recommended Reading: Eurostat 2011: Energy, Transportation, Environment Statistical Pocketbook

15. The Strengths and Weaknesses of the German Economy
Required Reading: Statistisches Bundesamt (2012): Bruttoinlandsprodukt 2011 in Deutschland, Begleitmaterial für die Pressekonferenz im Januar 2012, Wiesbaden

Recommended Reading: Invest in Germany 2004: Marketing for Business Location Germany (Slide Show)

17 invest in Germany.ppt

BCG 2009 Perspectives on the Business Location Germany, Berlin (Slide Show)

Charts AmCham Business Barometer 2010.pdf

Ernst & Young 2010: Standort Deutschland 2010

16. What is a Global City?
Required Reading: Kaschuba, Wolfgang 2010: “Creative” – “Migrant” – “Divided”? Visions of Cities and Civic Cultures, Triest
http://www.bpb.de/files/N1A3L0.pdf

Recommended Reading: Peter Newman / Andy Thornley 2006: Planning World Cities, Globalization and Urban Politics, Palgrave Macmillan, 1-31

Ernst & Young 2008: Global Cities Attractiveness survey

Fluter 2007: Was machst Du, wenn Du groß bist? Das Mega-Cities Heft, Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, Berlin/Bonn
http://www.bpb.de/files/CEISVS.pdf

17. Berlin:  Business and Finance: How Does the City Present Itself?
Required Reading:  UCL 2004: Power Point Presentation on “Situating the Berlin economy 04”

Recommended Reading: http://www.berlin.de/berlin-im-ueberblick/wirtschaft/index.en.html

Facts and figures:
http://www.berlin.de/berlin-im-ueberblick/zahlenfakten/index.en.html
http://www.statistik-berlin-brandenburg.de/produkte/Faltblatt_Brochure/b...

Budget: http://www.berlin.de/sen/finanzen/haushalt/basis/index.html

18. Key Sectors for the Future Economic Development of Berlin
Required Reading:  Key Sectors in Berlin 08.ppt

19. The Role of the Cultural Sector and Creative Industries in Urban Development
Required Reading:  Eurostat 2011: Cultural Statistics, Luxembourg
Recommended Reading: CSES 2010: Study on the Contribution of Culture to Local and Regional Development - Evidence from the Structural Funds, London

BMWi 2009: Culture and Creative Industries in Germany, Bonn

NGA Center for Best Practices 2009: Arts and the Economy, Washington D.C:

Scott, Allen J. 2000: The Cultural Economy of Paris, in: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, September 24:3, 567-582

20. Case Studies of Urban Development Projects (with EU funding)
Required Reading:  Adlershof as a case study for the future development of Berlin`s economy
http://www.berlin.de/berlin-im-ueberblick/wirtschaft/adlershof.en.html

Recommended Reading: Urban Development Projects in Europe: Best practice and its limits
http://www.stadtentwicklung.berlin.de/internationales_eu/staedte_regione...

Required readings: 

Albecker, Marie-Fleur (2011). The Effects of Globalization in the First Suburbs of Paris: From Decline to Revival? in Berkeley Planning Journal 23:1
Brookings Institute (2010). Global Metro Monitor, Washington D.C.
European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS)
Eurostat (2012). Active ageing and solidarity between generations. A statistical portrait of the European Union 2012, Luxembourg
Eurostat (2011). Cultural Statistics, Luxembourg
Jacoby, Wade and Meunier, Sophie (2010). Europe and the management of Globalization in Journal of European Public Policy, 17:3
Kaschuba, Wolfgang (2010) “Creative” – “Migrant” – “Divided”? Visions of Cities and Civic Cultures, Triest
Kern, Kristine and Bulkeley, Harriet (2009). Cities, Europeanization and Multi-level Governance: Governing Climate Change through Transnational Municipal Networks in Journal of Common Market Studies, 47:2
Mobilitätsbericht (2011). Berlin
Reimut Zohlnhöfer (2011). Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Grand Coalition's Response to the Economic Crisis, German Politics, 20:2
Rifkin, Jeremy (2005). The European Dream (online summary)
Statistisches Bundesamt (2012). Bruttoinlandsprodukt 2011 in Deutschland, Begleitmaterial für die Pressekonferenz im Januar 2012, Wiesbaden
Streeck, Wolfgang (2011). The crisis of democratic capitalism in New Left Review 71, September/October
Tarr, David G.: Russia: in OECD (Ed.): Globalisation and Emerging Economies, Paris