Fall 2022



What does it mean to be a global citizen? This question has gained increasing salience as the world has become more globalized. With globalization, new problems surface that cut across national borders and fall outside the jurisdiction of individual nation-states. In response, new forms of political organization have emerged to address these problems, which challenge the state as the primary locus of political authority and ultimate source of individual rights. In particular, these individuals and groups have appealed to a kind of global citizenship from below to call for action on and demand redress for the harms created by globalization. This interdisciplinary course critically examines the conceptual and theoretical foundations of the concept of global citizenship and investigates how the idea might work in practice. What does it mean to be a citizen of a particular state? What obligations and responsibilities accompany citizenship? How have understandings of citizenship changed and expanded over time? What is global citizenship and how does it differ from national citizenship? Next, we evaluate these ideas about citizenship in the context of globalization and the new problems created by an increasingly interdependent world. We conclude by assessing the role global citizenship can play in global governance and consider how the international system might be transformed to better address the challenges of globalization.


This course is not offered every semester. If your campus is offering the course, visit your institutions' course registration site to enroll.


Amneh Badran

Al-Quds Bard College

Daniel Terris

Al-Quds Bard College

Bermet Tursunkulova

American University of Central Asia

Galina Gorborukova

American University of Central Asia

Nassim Abi Ghanem

Bard College Berlin

Michelle Murray

Bard College

Shaiful Joy

BRAC University

Riaz Partha Khan

BRAC University