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Anand A Yang
SIS 200
Seattle Campus

States and Capitalism: The Origins of the Modern Global System

Origins of the modern world system in the sixteenth century and its history until World War I. Interacting forces of politics and economics around the globe, with particular attention to key periods of expansion and crisis. Offered: A.

Class description

This course addresses two questions that are related to the contemporary struc­ture of the global system: 1. what are the historical processes that have created a world economy with integrated systems of production and trade that now encompass the entire globe? 2. How is it that this eco­nomically integrated world has become so divided and fragmented along ethnic, national, political, and cultural lines? The course examines these questions from a world historical perspective by focus­ing on selected times, places, and events. It is not intended to be a straightforward class in world history.

Student learning goals

Understanding of our contemporary world and the forces and processes that have shaped it

Acquisition of information about current events

Development of analytical skills

Development of writing skills

Enhancement of oral/verbal skills

General method of instruction


Recommended preparation

Reading of assignments prior to coming to class; planning in advance for term paper.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly essays, term paper, and final exam

Grades based on weekly papers; term paper; final exam; and participation in discussion sections

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 04/18/2007