ONLINE: Did you know innovation has its own politics? This lecture-based course will present a sweeping overview of what innovation is, how it happens and why it succeeds in certain places and at certain times but fails in others. Students will learn about broad theories of innovation to help structure our understanding and discussions. But we will also look closely at various country-case studies, including examining innovation in the United States, China, Canada and Israel — places that we all consider "innovative" but for different reasons. We’ll also look at Germany, South Korea and Japan, as well as certain cities and their surrounding areas, such as Silicon Valley, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit and Cleveland, among others. Assigned readings will inform the lectures and our structured discussions. From all of this, we’ll see that innovation is a diverse as well as dynamic and ever-changing process. | Facilitated discussion.
Max enrollment: 35.
Class sessions are recorded.
Scott McKnight received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto. Prior to this, he earned a master’s degree in international relations (in Chinese) at Renmin University in Beijing. He is currently a research associate and adjunct professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto, where he teaches courses on the political economy of innovation and the energy transition. He is fluent in five languages.