The main purpose of this course is to explore a wide spectrum of issues ranging from the integration of the world economy to the contemporary processes that are shaping and shaping the current world. In particular, it will deal with how nation-states are changing the composition and flows of workers and how these processes are transnational organizing the economic geography of the planet. In a nutshell we will try to understand how workers are responding to these processes of spatial integration.
The course aims to carry out a critical examination of the main transitions of the contemporary world. During the lessons we will try to question the neoliberal hypotheses on the nature of globalization. Furthermore, an attempt will be made to provide a conceptual overview of how globalization is a spatial process and of its relationship with capitalism. We will therefore try to address the problem of whether we are entering a more 'globalized' world or only into a more 'internationalized' world.
We will therefore try to analyze topics related to the historical periodization of "globalization" trying to understand precisely if this is a new phenomenon or simply the latest manifestation of processes underway for hundreds of years.
In its final part, the course will seek to focus on how nation-states have shaped, and have been shaped by, the contemporary processes of "globalization" and how "globalization" has been imagined and designed at the political level during the 20th century . The course will try to analyze how workers are creating new organizational strategies in response to "globalization".