Course Descriptions

INTA 662: INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT

This course looks at the debate about the use of export promotion strategies as an engine for development, which concerns the ability of countries in other parts of the developing world to replicate the achievements of the Newly Industrialised Countries. This course also looks at the advantages developing countries enjoy under the various preference systems of the GSP and the Lome Convention, and what have been the main constraints to their utilizing such advantages.

INTA 664: GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS AND DEVELOPMENT

The course seeks to address such questions as, what gives the goods/products of a country a competitive edge over others? How is such competitive advantage acquired? What is the role of government in export promotion strategies? The course combines international business strategy and international marketing tools to explore the options to producers from developing countries that want to penetrate overseas markets.

INTA 656: INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Both the theory and practice of international financial relations are examined from the developing countries perspective. The course also provides an analytical framework within which identified principal issues of interest to the developing countries are discussed. These include the issues of balance of payments disequilibria, stabilisation and adjustment, exchange rate policy, North/South interaction, foreign aid, commercial lending, relations between the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and the developing countries, and external debt.

INTA 686: INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW

The History, Scope and Development of International Humanitarian Law. Sources of International Humanitarian Law. International Humanitarian Law and Concepts of War  and Armed Conflict. The Relationship between International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law. The two Principle Sectors of International Humanitarian Law: Law of Geneva and Law of the Hague. Fundamental Rules and Principles of International Law including implementation mechanisms and sanctions for violations. International Humanitarian Law Non-International Armed Conflict.

INTA 688 GENDER AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The Course is a study of gender in the international context, with particular attention being paid to gender issues in African politics and development. Important to the overall study of gender and global affairs is developing a critical understanding of key concepts and assumptions that form the foundation of international feminist theories. In addition the Course considers the extent to which gender division of power and labour converge with other social divisions (e.g., class, religion).

INTA 603: THE GHANA ARMED FORCES, THE GHANAIAN STATE, AND THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM

The aim of the course is to introduce students to origins, foundations, aims and purposes of the Ghana Armed Forces since the colonial times. It is also structured to highlight the changes, performances, controversies and debates that characterised the Armed Forces roles in the annals of the (post-colonial) Ghanaian State.

INTA 605: SECURITY AND THE AFRICAN STATE

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the origins and foundations of the African state and the nature of security of problems that are common to it. It opens with the (legal, juridical, and empirical) definitions of the state. It also explores the theories and concepts that explain Traditional African Institutions, Colonialism, and Social Change (political, economic, cultural, and social structures, normative values, and human agency) that occasioned the emergence of nation-state in Africa.