Fall/Winter Timetable

POL417Y1Y L5101

Global South in International Politics


This course endeavors to increase participants’ understanding of a group of nations classified as the Global South and their prospects and challenges in contemporary international politics. It will examine the domestic/internal politics of these states affecting their development and foreign policies as well as the role of emerging countries in international relations. In the first term, the course will analyze the evolving patters of North-South relations, the rising powers and the UN System and South-South cooperation including dependency and interdependence, foreign aid and investment, international trade, globalization and the debt crisis as well as specific regimes such as human rights, environmental politics, world health/infectious disease and the UN system, etc., around which these relations revolve. In the second term, it will address (in) security in the Global South by studying the root causes and implications of numerous civil wars and the role of foreign powers/international community in preventing, mitigating, managing or exacerbating them, and the process of conflict resolution and peace-building.



Format and Requirements

One two-hour seminar per week. Course requirements TBA.


POL201Y1 or (POLB90H3, POLB91H3) or POL208Y1 or POL208Y5 or (POLB80H3, POLB81H3) or POL215Y1