Economies around the globe are more connected and interdependent than ever before. This class will examine the issues of international trade, international finance, and immigration along with the political institutions that make these economic interactions possible. Should countries engage in bilateral trade deals, regional trade associations, or use the World Trade Organization to further their international trade goals? What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Why did the US not join? What will be the impact of this decision on the US? On Asia? What are the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank? What role do these institutions play in bringing order to international finance? Is the world better off with the WTO, IMF, and World Bank or without them? How will China’s road and belt international infrastructure investment program alter the flow of goods and services? Has increased economic globalization of the economy helped everyone? Have those who feel left behind responded with increased political pressure on institutions that facilitate internationalization? How will this impact international cooperation regarding carbon emissions? From South African land reform to Brexit, this course will examine the rise of political populism and its impact on international economic institutions and the economies they connect.
This class is also offered as POLS 332, through the CSU Department of Political Science.
*Note: This class is delivered when lunch is served.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Date: March 30, 2020