Info Session: Summer Abroad "The Politics of Global Inequality"


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The long-standing division of the global system into richer and poorer regions poses many important problems in international political economy. This course presents a theoretical background to North-South issues and analyzes current problems in economic and political relations. After defining inequality, the course examines the sources of inequality emanating from the international system as well as from domestic political systems. The course also examines specific problems poor countries face, such as agricultural reform, population growth, levels of international trade and foreign direct investment. The course integrates these issues with an exploration of the role that intergovernmental agencies play in facilitating development. We visit organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), which are headquartered in Geneva, and which provide many of the prescriptions for development.

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Info Session: Summer Abroad "The Politics of Global Inequality"

  1. 1. Switzerland 2014 The Politics of Global Inequality
  2. 2. Overview 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Overview of program and accommodations Orientation Course content Leisure activities ASK QUESTIONS
  3. 3. Program Details 1. 2. 3. 4. Program dates: July 1-July 31 Course content: POL 124 The Politics of Global Inequality; POL 198 Group Study: The Role of International Organizations in Development Location: Geneva, Switzerland; Cite Universitaire (dorms); University of Geneva Program components: classroom lectures and films; guest lectures; simulations; international organization visits
  4. 4. Universite de Geneve (Unige)
  5. 5. Cite Universitaire
  6. 6. Why Geneva, Switzerland? Geneva, Switzerland is home to a large number of international organizations that develop prescriptions and funding for developing countries
  7. 7. Orientation 1. On-site orientation to the city, culture, and transportation system 2. Visits to Cathedrale de St. Pierre and United Nations
  8. 8. Course materials – Global inequality Poverty incapacitates at least a billion people around the globe 50 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition related causes every year – a war on the most vulnerable population Why do poverty and inequality continue to exist? What, if anything, should WE do about it?
  9. 9. Course requirements Each student adopts a country, studies the conditions in that country and evaluates solutions Each student chooses an organization, studies that organization and evaluates its contributions to development issues Organizations visited in past programs: UNDP, UNICEF, WTO, WHO, UNCTAD, non-governmental organizations 2 five page papers; three oral presentations; class participation
  10. 10. Geneva as a city International – 50-70% of the population is nonSwiss Good local transportation Many interesting activities Expensive
  11. 11. Switzerland as a country Except for first weekend, weekends are free Swiss youth hostels everywhere – but book now Swiss train transportation: clean, efficient; relatively cheap
  12. 12. Switzerland in the heart of Europe • Close to Paris
  13. 13. Come see for yourself!