POL2001 Politics and International Business
Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.
POL2001 (Politics and International Business) is about globalisation. We begin with the market revolution of the 1980s and the arguments over free trade. We look at two of the major institutions of global economic governance, the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund, their role in promoting globalisation and the opposition they have aroused from developing countries and activists. We delve into some of the debates about globalisation - over who benefits, the impact on the environment, and the issue of good governance. We finish by looking at the liberalisation of global finance, the global financial crisis from 2007, and the politics of government austerity which have ensued. One of the core themes of the course is the controversy over the role of the state in the global market. POL2001 assumes no prior knowledge of government, business or the global economy.