Two PPGA Courses Offered by Professor Kristen Hopewell in 2021W


July 2, 2021

Two PPGA Courses Offered by Professor Kristen Hopewell in 2021W

PPGA 591J:  Global Economic Policy

This course introduces the key issues and debates in global economic policy.  It begins with the main schools of thinking about the global economy and its governance.  It then turns to examining a range of critical policy topics, including:  the role of government in the economy; globalization and regionalism, with attention to populism and the revolt against globalization; international trade, finance, and investment; economic competitiveness, innovation and industrial policy; global development, debt and aid; global supply chains, multinational corporations, and labour; the impacts of contemporary power shifts; and the causes of, and responses to, economic crises.  The course focuses on applying rigorous analysis and empirical evidence to debate contemporary policy problems and develop effective solutions.  It will shed light on the dynamics of international negotiations and the role of governments, international institutions, businesses and non-governmental organizations in global economic policymaking.  Students will come away with a strong understanding of the workings of the global economy, which is essential to a successful career in many different areas of global policy.

PPGA 591I:  Emerging Powers

The global economy and global politics are currently in a period of immense change.  For over half a century, the international system was dominated by the US and other Western states.  Yet there has recently been a significant shift of global economic activity from the Global North to the Global South, with major developing countries – such as “the BRICS” (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) – emerging as key players in the world economy.  Along with their growing economic might, the emerging powers are increasingly asserting themselves in global politics and demanding a greater role in global governance.  This transformation has been identified as one of the most important in modern history and prompted considerable debate in academic and policy circles around the world about the agendas of the emerging powers and the consequences of their rise.  This course examines the role and impact of emerging powers in the international system.  It begins by analyzing the politics, economics, and foreign policy objectives of these countries.  It then turns to assessing the sources and nature of contemporary power shifts and their implications for a variety of different areas of global politics and governance, including security, human rights, environment, trade, finance, and development.

If you are interested in registering, please email Professor Kristen Hopewell for registration approval.