Global politics / Politique globale Y. Schemeil
About the Course
The course explains why international studies originating from the West are currently evolving towards a planetary approach to World politics, with a particular focus on global order and local disorders. Thinking globally helps explain new linkages between changes in the natural environment (demography, climate) and transformations of institutional designs. Will societies and peoples find a way to get along together in the long run despite intractable conflicts and divergence of social and national interests? Will States delegate enough sovereignty to universal organizations, breaking definitely with Hobbes’ constant (no transfer of power beyond national borders)? Will the World be ever governed and more democratically governed? To answer this series of central questions, global politics draw on anthropology, history, sociology, economics and psychology. A mix of paradigms comforts this mix of disciplines, since no approach may suffice to explain global issues. Combining various ways of thinking is conducive to a fuller account of the myriads of transactions that make the planet evolve towards a more complex equilibrium.
Prof. Yves Schemeil
Dr. Y. Schemeil is Professor of Political Science at the University of Grenoble, Global and Comparative Studies Professor at the Institut Universitaire de France. He is active in four fields: I) international studies and the management of international organizations; II) anthropology, comparative politics and comparative political thought in Europe, the Middle East and North-east Asia with a special interest in the archaeology and the universality of concepts and designs; III) political knowledge and the respective weigh of reason and emotion when making considerate choices; IV) epistemology of the social sciences compared to physics and the building of a general political science made of all related fields. He is also committed to innovative teaching (3 MOOCs, 2 online seminars with Japan, 2 flipped classrooms). Keynote speaker in academic and international meetings (ECPR, EGOS), he taught and researched in American universities (UCLA, Berkeley, Chicago, the American University of Paris), Japan (Sophia, Waseda, Keio), Switzerland (Geneva), Egypt and Lebanon. Pr. Schemeil is a former Vice-President of IPSA and the French PSA and the honorary Director of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble.