Economics, International relations, Policy studies, Political science

Co-sponsored by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, Georgia, USA

Course date

13 July - 24 July, 2009
Application deadline
15 February, 2009
Course Director(s): 

Roger Coate

Department of Government and Sociology, Georgia College & State University/ Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina, USA
Course Faculty: 

Andrew Cooper

University of Waterloo, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada

Tania Felicio

United Nations University-Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), Belgium

Jane Parpart

University of the West Indies, Centre for Gender and Development Studies, Trinidad & Tobago

Paul Roe

Central European University, Department of International Relations and European Studies, Budapest, Hungary

Timothy Shaw

Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

The global political economy is in transition, and there exists an ever evolving restructuring of world affairs in socio-cultural, economic and political spheres. A complex relationship is evolving between development and security as state and non-state agents and macro and micro forces interplay dynamically impacting on the triangular relationship among development, governance and human security. Traditional approaches to the study of international relations and global political economy do not provide much guidance in understanding the implications of such dynamic dualistic forces and processes of regionalism and globalization for the future of world politics and global governance. Through examination of substantive regional cases and informed interdisciplinary and international research and debate, the course explores alternative theoretical perspectives and conceptual devises for analyzing and understanding the evolving world order.

This research-based seminar aims to contribute to the advancement of new cross-disciplinary knowledge by introducing participants to and immersing them in cutting-edge research utilizing new perspectives for explaining and understanding the dynamic and interdependent processes of social, economic and political change and transformation at play in the post-Cold War, post-9/11 world. Participants, working in self-selected research teams, will be guided in the production of research papers of publishable quality.

During this summer school the faculty will interact with the participants both before the actual course begins in an e-based distance learning mode, during the course-in the classroom and in tutorial sessions and one-on-one and group consultations-and again, in an e-based distance learning mode after it concludes, to assist in the design and conduct of their research projects and will encourage and assist participants to publish their research papers in professional journals.