Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 00:00

Sun, July 26, 2020 12:00 AM - Sat, August 8, 2020, 12:00 AM UBC Vancouver Campus. This course is part of the UBC Future Global Leaders Pre-University Program for high school students ages 15-18, and is offered at UBC Vancouver. This program offers the option to stay in a UBC student residence during the program or commute daily.

Turmoil and gyrations in global capital markets have profound impacts on governments and their citizens. Capital market upheavals can spark financial crises, prompt trade wars, topple governments and accentuate income inequality. States have also been known to use financial markets to exercise power over other states.

Explore the political foundations of international finance. Understand the roles politics and financial markets play in determining exchange rate regimes, causing financial crises, governing terrorist financing and promoting green finance. Discuss the growing clout of China in global financial affairs.

By the end of this course, you’ll better understand how international financial systems work, how they impact the ability of states to manage their economic affairs, and how states govern global financial markets and institutions.

Who should take this course?
This course is ideal if you’re interested in international business, finance, economics, political science or international relations.

Your instructor
BRENT A. SUTTON, PhD, earned his doctorate degree in political science at the University of British Columbia. His research interests include the politics of international finance with particular focus on post-2009 financial sector reforms. Prior to entering the PhD program, Brent was a partner and institutional portfolio manager at Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management (now part of RBC Global Asset Management). Brent has also consulted for the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.

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