The course addresses international policy problems arising in the current G20 process. It investigates the case for international coordination in addressing major global challenges, particularly collaboration in the various areas prioritised by the G20 Presidencies in 2019 and 2020. These include the following areas: the Sustainable Development Goals, trade and investment, climate change and the environment, social cohesion and governance, the digital economy and governance, education in the digital age, international financial architecture, monetary and fiscal policy, and international financial architecture. These areas will be framed in accordance with the following overarching narrative: G20 policy is meant to satisfy human needs, beginning with the needs of the neediest, within thriving societies. Economic progress may become decoupled from social and environmental progress.
The G20 should aim to focus on social progress (the progressive satisfaction of human needs, beginning with the needs of the neediest, within thriving societies) and to recouple economic progress with social progress, within planetary boundaries. Students will work in teams to produce “policy briefs,” along with underlying analysis and examination of current implementations, to be submitted to the policy recommendation process of the T20 (the Think Tank Engagement Group of the G20). Students are required to give class presentations leading up to their final papers. The project partner will be T20 researchers engaged in the work of the T20 Task Forces.