International Relations and Decision Making in challenging times

Apply theories of international relations to world problems, such as international conflict, economic crises, and the current global pandemic. Create a marketing campaign to advise world leaders on dealing with these crises.

(This course is targeted at children entering Grades 8, 9, 10 in 2020-21)

How do leaders like Prime Minister Modi or President Trump respond to global challenges? How does a country determine the best strategy to contain an epidemic or grow their economy? This project-based course explores international relations, leadership and strategic decision-making.  First, students will work through major concepts such as anarchy, power, security, cooperation, and rationality.  Then, students will apply theories of international relations such as realism or liberalism to world problems, such as international conflict, economic crises, and the current global pandemic.  Students will identify barriers to change and critically assess possible solutions. Finally, using insights from a variety of disciplines—political science, economics, public health, marketing—students will create a marketing campaign aimed at leaders and the general public.  Through applying different theories of international relations to case studies, students will gain a fuller understanding of how the world works and how to identify solutions to world problems.  

Read about the course facilitator, Sarah Fisher's experience in a past edition of this course in this blog post.