Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds Welcome to this Future Learn course on globalisation. In this course, we’re going to tackle some of the really big questions about this world we live in, focusing on globalisation. But let’s start with some small questions. Who am I and what is this course? I’m a professor of international economics here at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. For 30 years, I’ve been reading, writing, and researching matters of economic integration. In addition to my academic work, I’ve long been involved in policy, an interests that really got started after I worked in the White House of President George Bush Sr. Since then, I’ve been regularly involved with policy matters in governments all around the world. So let me tell you about the course itself.
Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds Over the next few weeks, we are going to cover a shorter, less demanding version of a course that I teach here to interdisciplinary master students at the Graduate Institute. The course is based on a book I recently published with Harvard University Press.
Skip to 1 minute and 9 seconds It’s called The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalization. Many of the readings will be extracted from that book. The course is organised around four really big questions. The first is, what is globalisation and why is it so controversial? The second question is, has globalisation always been as it is today? The third is, why is globalisation’s impact so different across nations and across groups within nations? Finally, we get to future of globalisation. What will it be like and how should we prepare for it?