Summer Abroad Switzerland

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The Politics of Global Inequality

Geneva, Switzerland

Arrive Date:  TBD   End Date:  TBD

Program Overview

The long-standing division of the global system into richer and poorer regions poses many important problems in international political economy. The Politics of Global Inequality presents a theoretical background to North-South issues and analyzes current problems in economic and political relations. After defining inequality, we will examine the sources of inequality emanating from the international system as well as from domestic political systems. We will also examine specific problems poor countries face, such as agricultural reform, population growth, levels of international trade, and foreign direct investment. The program integrates these issues with an exploration of the role that intergovernmental agencies play in facilitating development. We will visit organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), which are headquartered in Geneva and provide many of the prescriptions for development.

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  32

Program Coordinator:  Sarah Wiens


Political Science (POL) 124. The Politics of Global Inequality (4 units)

Political Science (POL) 198Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

Program Highlights

  • Explore career options in international development, working for international organizations.
  • Live in a charming international city at the center of Europe.
  • Work with other students interested in issues of poverty and poverty reduction.
  • Visit the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, the UN Development Program and the UN Environmental Program.
  • Network with international development professionals and organize future internships with international organizations in Geneva.  

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