Globalization is the defining theme of the world’s political economy. The end of the Cold War allowed for a new paradigm to take hold and, under American tutelage, globalization became the globe’s leitmotif. It is reflected primarily in the freedom to trade goods around the world. Next came a radical liberalization of financial flows, unaccompanied by any international oversight and often lacking effective domestic oversight. There was only the most limited liberalization of labor flows. While respecting the economic discourse that has characterized the discussion of globalization, the course will attempt to link it to the political aspects shaking both domestic and global governance.