Introduction to Global Economics and Public Policy

I - June 28–July 16, 2021
Modality, Day & Time:
Monday–Friday, 9:10 a.m.–11:00 p.m. and 1:10–3:00 p.m.

Katharine Jackson, Carl Wernicke

This class is intended for current 8th and 9th graders. Older students should apply for Globalization: Challenges in International Economics and Politics.

“I gained new insight into how our world functions, and I can now more fully grasp the events occurring in our world and the impact they have on our economy.”  — From a program course evaluation

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.


Katharine Jackson

Katharine Jackson holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) in political theory from Columbia University as well as a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, and an LLM in transnational law from Temple University, where she concentrated in comparative corporate law and international finance. She is currently the DeOlazarra Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Program in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law. Kate's interests engage political economy and legal theory as she explores concepts such as corporate personhood, global finance, sovereignty, constitutional theory, and property rights. Prior to her Ph.D. studies, she practiced corporate law in Delaware state and federal courts. Kate's teaching experience includes classes in international politics, international political economy, modern political thought, and justice.

Carl Wernicke

Carl Wernicke holds a masters of arts in global policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He was a partner for nineteen years at OHA, a credit hedge fund with multiple billions under management, where he was responsible for leading the research effort in a number of sectors including energy, power, chemicals, industrials, transportation, and metals & mining. He also developed OHA analyst training and mentoring program. Prior to joining OHA, he worked at Goldman Sachs in high yield research. In total Carl has over thirty years of investing experience from venture capital to credit markets.

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