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International Economy and Politics Stream


The international system is going through a transformational stage that sees rising uncertainties and instabilities. The International Economy and Politics stream (IEP), managed by the Departments of Economics and Political Science, equips students to analyze current events in the context of this transformation. During the 1990s, the dominant view was that globalization and international organizations would end geopolitical conflicts among nations. Many predicted the “withering away” of nation-states in favor of global governance. However, three forces have disproven earlier predictions. First, geopolitics has returned with a vengeance. Conflicts between sovereign states are spreading around the world. Second, the world is witnessing the rise of anti-globalization. The election of Donald Trump and Britain’s secession from the European Union embody the decline of globalization. Third, identity politics has become a major driver of international and national politics. Rising nationalism in Scotland and Catalonia are recent examples.  Contemporaneously, China has emerged as a new force for global governance.  The future roles of traditional powers such as the US and the EU remain uncertain.  IEP provides Lingnan students the opportunity to comprehend current trends of global affairs with a multidisciplinary approach to interpret and understand the global transformations underway.

Knowledge

Graduates will have knowledge and understanding of: a. causes and origins of the recent rise of geopolitical conflicts, anti-globalization movements, and identity politics b. measures and policies that can enhance global stability, prevent conflicts, and foster cooperation c. the benefits and costs to greater international economic integration for firms and for workers

Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. use international relations theory to interpret conflicts as well as cooperation among nation-state
  2. apply economic theories to analyze globalization as well as rising discontent against globalization
  3. perform critical analyses of complex global issues ranging from terrorism and trade conflicts to territorial disputes and civilizational clashes.

Values

Graduate will be able to:

  1. develop a strong sense of global citizenship
  2. possess international civic responsibilities and the willingness to contribute to the collective welfare of the global community
  3. be tolerant of diversities as well as differences between cultures, nations, and groups of people


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