Department of Government & International Studies
POLS 7030
Globalization and the World Trade Organization
Prerequisites: Postgraduate standing
3 hours/Week
Language of Tuition:
Individual Study Time Required:
42 hours (3 X 14 weeks)
Number of Contact Hours:
42 (3 X 14 weeks)
Total Assumed Work Load:
6 hours/week
Course Description/Aims and Objectives:
This course is designed to focus on the historical origins, development,
institutions, practices and effects of globalization, with a particular emphasis on
international trade and the international organizations which developed to
regulate and negotiate it. The WTO will be placed in its historical and
development context with other international institutions, with a selection of case
studies to highlight particular areas of the WTO’s greatest accomplishments or
weaknesses so that one of the key components of modern globalization can be
fully understood in its dynamic international context. The effects of the WTO and
international trade on the national policy-maker will be examined, such as its
impact on Hong Kong and Mainland China.
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) / Competencies:
By the end of this course, students should be able to
1. Describe the historical origins, development, institutions, practices and
effects of globalization; and
2. Recognize the effects of the WTO and international trade on the
national policy-maker.
By the end of this course, students should be able to
3. Compare the WTO with other international institutions by the historical
and development context; and
4. Identify the WTO’s greatest accomplishments and weaknesses.
By the end of this course, students should be able to
5. Evaluate the acquired knowledge and skills when conducting a
research in the daily reality settings.
Course Content:
What is Globalization? Origins, actions, institutions and effects
World systems and trade—origins to WWI
The 19th century gold standard and colonial “international” trade
World Wars I and II, lessons learned, international institutions
The Great Depression, the League of Nations and how it failed
The United Nations: Purposes, organization and challenges
1. Political aims and institutions under the UN
2. Economic aims and institutions under the UN
One World—Two Models of economic development and
international trade Cold War, decolonization, and international trade
Free international trade and the solution to war: a frustrated dream,
conquest by other means, or a hard road to riches?
A. Theories of international trade (how things should work)
B. The effects of international trade (how things do, and don’t,
What is the WTO? Origins, structure, actions and effects
What was needed and proposed versus the General Agreement
on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) How the compromise (GATT)
worked, and didn’t work
GATT, IMF, World Bank: the institutions of international trade.
Divisions of responsibility and disputes over roles
The establishment of the WTO, superceding the GATT
New structures and procedures, fit with the IMF and World
Bank (also partly reorganized, especially post-1997 Asian
economic crisis)
New powers and old issues—case studies in early success
and failure
The banana dispute: favors for old friends (case study)
Fair trade versus free trade: dumping disputes between
developed and developing nations (case study)
Trans-national corporations (TNCs), the UN and the WTO
How corporations support and undermine international
organizations and regimes
Company versus country: the limits of corporate power and
the limits of the state
1. China joins the WTO, disputes in the membership
negotiations (case study)
2. Amway: a TNC adjusts the business model to local
conditions (case study)
Regional blocs, regional business and the WTO (NAFTA, EU
and ASEAN)
Globalization in the twenty-first century
Communication, transportation, cultural interaction and
international standards
Globalization, internationalization and sovereignty: how the WTO
strengthens and weakens the local policy-maker
Teaching & Learning Activities (TLAs):
1. Seminars
The seminars will focus on the historical origins,
development, institutions, practices and effects of
globalization, with a particular emphasis on international
1 to 5
trade and the international organizations which developed to
regulate and negotiate it.
2. Debates
Students will present their national stance on the dispute,
with reasons for their view, and present their views on what
policies the WTO should adopt or change to settle the
3 to 5
Assessment Methods (AMs):
2 short essays on
assigned readings
(in class, 15-20
1 to 5
6-7 page country
case study paper
(written, external)
1 to 5
Description of
Assessment Tasks
Students are required to
submit 2 short essays
on assigned readings to
evaluate the acquired
knowledge and skills
when conducting a
research in the daily
reality settings.
Each member of the
class will select a
“country case study”
and prepare a short
paper (6-7 pages, with
current print references
and internet references)
on their national
perspective on the WTO
issue. The paper will
cover the interests
affected by the dispute
within the selected
nation and detail the
negotiating stance of
the nation concerning
the dispute. These
papers will be
distributed to all other
class members.
Round One/Debate
(oral, in class)
3 to 5
and votes
3 to 5
Students will present
their national stance on
the dispute, with
reasons for their view,
and present their views
on what policies the
WTO should adopt or
change to settle the
The second round will
be negotiation over
specific proposals
concerning the disputed
issue, with students
responsible to
negotiate, within the
limits of their country
case study national
interests, toward a final
settlement as
determined by vote of
the country
representatives. These
negotiations will
proceed as national
representatives identify
other nations with
similar interests and
stances and seek to
build a majority of votes
in the final vote of
country representatives
on the issue.
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General site for political science related information:
UN and links to affiliated organizations, IMF, WTO, World Bank, etc.
Globalization websites
(Comprehensive list of academic work on globalization, with comments)
(Int’l Forum on Globalization—critical)
(Corporate Watch, an anti-int’l corp. watchdog website)
(Critics of globalization, esp. by corporations and states)
(Foreign Policy magazine website. Very good and more balanced)
(International development advocacy and information center)
(Comprehensive information source from political and economic perspective.
Great links.)
Syllabus prepared by: Prof. Michael E. DeGolyer / September 2010