Spring 2006 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: International Business Fellows Seminar
Instructor(s): David Dodd
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 62520
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Room: CBA 4.348
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: Same as I B 394 (04425) and MES 380 (41175)

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: The purpose of the Seminar is (i) to help further students' understanding of the major cultures, political systems and economic structures that exist throughout the world and of the social forces bringing change to those structures and systems, and (ii) to assess how the interaction of such cultures and systems and forces will shape the world in which our individual, corporate and national aspirations must be pursued. In exploring those issues, the seminar will pursue such questions as:


Michael Howard, in his book The Lessons of History, wrote that the real lessons of history are not so much about "pride and folly," as about
?people, often of masterful intelligence, trained usually in law or economics or perhaps political science, who have led their governments into disastrous miscalculations because they have no awareness whatever of the historical background, the cultural universe of the foreign societies with which they have to deal. It is an awareness for which no amount of strategic or economic analysis, no techniques of crisis management or conflict resolution...can provide a substitute.?


The seminar will endeavor to bring such historical and cultural factors into our discussions.

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