This course aims to help students better understand the various important international public policy issues facing the world today. As globalization deepens around the world, states are challenged by pressing issues such as poverty, climate change, transnational migration, HIV and AIDS, and civil wars. On the one hand, states authority is weakened as a result of increasingly powerful NGOs, global firms, and individuals. On the other hand, certain global issues such as climate change cannot be resolved without the coordination among states. Thus we will pay close attention to the ways states and the global civil society interacts. This course will discuss these issues in details, and explore possible solutions to some of the problems. Theoretical frameworks in international relations (realism, liberalism, and constructivism) will be employed to analyze the issues.

Pre-requisite: None