Introduction to Global Economics and Public Policy

Open to students entering grade 9 or 10 in the fall
I - June 29–July 17, 2020
Days & Time:
Monday–Friday, 9:10 a.m.–11:00 p.m. and 1:10–3:00 p.m.
Andrew Ruoss

“[I gained] a vast set of economic terms that I will use later in life.”  - Lucas K. | Rye, New York

Course Description

This project-based curricular option explores the intersections of economics, policy, and international relations. The goal of the course is to provide students with an introduction to the methods and to significant content areas of global economic policy.

We examine how today's world is defined by the power of state governments, non-state actors, and networks of communication, politics, and economic exchange. We also investigate core issues facing the global community, such as growth and inequality, development, the role of corporations, sustainability, and environmental change.

The course is designed to introduce core economic concepts through experiential case studies and simulations. We explore the dynamics of corporate board meetings, international negotiations, marketing campaigns, consultancy pitches, and policy-making. Students work in teams to hone their social scientific research, writing, and presentation skills in the creation of original corporate strategy and public policy proposals.


Andrew Ruoss

Andrew Ruoss holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University. He is currently on the faculty of the Greenwich Country Day School, where he teaches Global History & Economics and serves as the coordinator for the school's interdisciplinary faculty teams. Andrew previously served on the faculty of the Hotchkiss School, and for six years, he taught a wide range of interdisciplinary research and seminar courses at Duke University's Franklin Humanities Institute, focusing on the intersection of technology, economics, and global politics. His own academic research centers on the field of global political economy, examining how multinational corporations facilitate the evolution of economic competition, political conflict, and international law. He is a recipient of international research fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the Mellon Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.

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