Fall 2008 Course Description

Topics in Global Policy Studies

Section Title: Creative Responses to the Challenges of Globalization
Instructor(s): Francis Gavin
Course: P A 188G - Topics in Global Policy Studies
Unique Number: 64778
Day & Time: Mondays, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.106
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Notes: Begins 10/13/08 through 11/10/08

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: The years following the end of the Cold War generated profound questions about the nature of the international system and America’s role in it. Finding answers to these fundamental questions have taken on a new urgency in the wake of the September 11th attacks and the ongoing conflict in Iraq. Additionally, the increasing pressures of globalization – and its social, economic, and political consequences – underscore the need for new ideas and fresh thinking about the challenges that America and the world will face in the years to come, and the institutions needed to promote security and prosperity.

How effective are current American policies and institutions, and are they suitable to meet the challenges that globalization presents? Despite the dramatic changes in world affairs in the past fifteen years since the fall of the Soviet Union, there have been few effective or systematic attempts to come to terms with these profound changes and craft effective, innovative responses that guarantee security and prosperity in the years ahead. Can a new generation of leaders duplicate the vision and energy of the 1940s “founding fathers” to seize this moment and craft effective responses to global challenges of the 21st century?

This course will examine how different sectors and institutions are dealing with the challenges of globalization. Leaders from business, intelligence, industry, and government will be brought to class to share their experiences with students. Particular attention will be paid to how creative organizations – both domestic and international, public/non-profit and private sector – have dealt with complex problems, and how they are planning for the future.

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