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Fall 2011 - 61184 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Globalizing Intellectual Property: Origins, Uses, and Abuses

Instructor(s): Flynn, Matthew
Unique Number: 61184
Day & Time: W 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.221/212
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.

 

Section Description

Whether we realize it or not, intellectual property (IP) affects our lives in many different ways. From structuring current economic systems to our daily communications, the rights to "creations of the mind" have become salient features of the political landscape. This seminar course will provide an overview of the origin and expansion of the intellectual property regimes and their impact on current public policy debates at both national and internaional levels. A greater emphasis will be placed on issues affecting developing countries including their industrial policies, health systems, human rights, and agricultural production. We will examine IP from a number of theorectical and disciplinary perspectives.

Student mastery of the course material will be assessed by weekly reports, oral presentations and debates, and a final research paper. Seminars will begin with an introductory talk by the instructor and proceed with presentations of group reports on the weekly readings.  These readings will be made available through Blackboard and book reserve. Students will be organized in groups.  Members of each group will read three articles/chapters (one taken from required reading list, one from recommended readling list, and one selected by each student) and post their reports to the group discussion board.  One member of the group, in rotation, will have the additional responsibility of summarizing the main points coming from the reports. On certain weeks when a debate takes place, groups will divide themselves into opposing sides to debate the merits and emerits of specific policy positions.

There are no prerequisites for this course, and students are encouraged to draw on their specific skill set and disciplinary background while learning abou the importance of other viewpoints.