T. J. Pempel
Theoretical bases of various political economic systems of industrialized nations. Several major issues these political economies currently face; usefulness and limits of economic analyses within broader perspective of political economy. Prerequisite: either ECON 201, GEOG 123 or SIS 123 any of which may be taken concurrently.
Upon completing the course, students should be know how the advanced industrial democracies as a group have developed over time, how they generally deal with different political and economic problems, and how their actions differ from those of less economically developed countries. At the same time, students should also be aware of the wide range of differences in behavior among those very same industrialized democracies and why, on many seemingly global issues, they respond so differently.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecures with discussion. Lectures take off from and complement readings, but do not repeat them. There is a good deal of in-class discussion and q&a.
The basis SIS introductory courses, plus 1-2 courses in basic economics.
Class assignments and grading
Readings are assigned for each week's topic(s). There is a mix of assessment formats: usually two exams of both short and long answers, some form of paper, and 4-5 unannounced pop quizzes given in class on readings and lectures.
Approx: 15-20% for prelim exam, 25-35% for final exam; 25-35% for paper; 15% for quizzes.