International Finance and Global Politics

This course is part of the UBC Future Global Leaders On-Campus program for high school students ages 15–18.

Turmoil and gyrations in global capital markets have profound impacts on governments and their citizens. Capital market upheavals can spark financial crises, prompt trade wars, topple governments and accentuate income inequality. States have also been known to use financial markets to exercise power over other states.  

Explore the political foundations of international finance. Understand the roles politics and financial markets play in determining exchange rate regimes, causing financial crises, governing terrorist financing and promoting green finance. Discuss the growing clout of China in global financial affairs.

By the end of this course, you’ll better understand how international financial systems work, how they impact the ability of states to manage their economic affairs, and how states govern global financial markets and institutions. 

This course is ideal if you’re interested in international business, finance, economics, political science or international relations.

Dr. BRENT A. SUTTON, PhD, earned his doctorate degree in political science at UBC. His research interests include the politics of international finance with particular focus on post-2009 financial sector reforms. Prior to entering the PhD program, Brent was a partner and institutional portfolio manager at Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management (now part of RBC Global Asset Management). Brent has also consulted for the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.

Course Format

This course is held on the UBC Vancouver campus. You attend class in-person 9am–12pm, Monday through Friday. After lunch, you attend university preparation workshops and participate in group activities on campus from 1:30–3pm. 

You can also join the Virtual Student Lounge, hosted by our UBC Student Ambassadors. Meet other Future Global Leaders from across Canada and around the world.

To Register

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To register, click “Open all” under Available Sessions, select the applicable Type under Fees / Tuition. You can pay a CAD$500 now or pay in full. Select “Scheduled Payment” if you wish to pay a CAD$500 deposit now and the balance later. We will automatically process the balance owing on May 13, 2022 for the Residence option and June 10, 2022 for the Commuter option. Do not select Scheduled Payment if you wish to pay in full now.

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