How to Think Globally? "Global Citizenship" and Problems of Contemporary World
The course is interdisciplinary and is located at the intersection of philosophy, political studies, and contemporary history. The course starts with historical aspects of the question. Global thinking and behavior, or «cosmopolitanism,» dates back to Antiquity, to philosophical doctrines such as cynicism and stoicism. This part of the course also includes a theoretical analysis of the meaning of "global citizenship," a concept that is still contested and needs some clarification. The next section will be focused on global institutions, especially the UN, their mission, their successes or failures. Finally, the participants are invited to discuss the burning issues whose solution require a global perspective, a "global identity"—environmental problems, social justice, refugee crisis, international terrorism, etc.