MER International Futures Syllabus, Barry Hughes

University of Denver, Graduate School of International Studies

INTS 3701: International Futures

Significant forces reshape the socio-political world much like tectonic plates restructure the geological world. These include the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) revolution and other technological change, the demographic/agricultural transitions, financial globalization, the energy transition from fossil fuels, atmospheric carbon build-up, reshaping of value systems, and global democratization. Serious analysis of global affairs requires an understanding of these forces, the primary issues to which they give rise, and the debates over country-specific and multilateral policy responses to the issues. This course surveys key forces and provides analytical tools from a broad range of disciplines to facilitate better understanding of them and the dynamics of their interaction.