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Kenneth G Lawson
SIS 401
Seattle Campus

International Political Economy

Establishment, maintenance, and decay of the post-1945 international economic order. Political economy of international trade, monetary relations, inflation, and North-South relations. Prerequisite: SIS 201 which may be taken concurrently; either ECON 201, GEOG 123 or SIS 123 any of which may be taken concurrently.

Class description

In this course we will examine the institutions, practices, and processes that shape the international political economy. The aim is to expose you to some of the theoretical controversies and practical problems of the interaction between international politics and global markets. We will conduct several case studies of issues and institutionsincluding, the International Monetary Fund, 3rd World debt, the arms trade, the World Trade Organization, and moreto understand the historical evolution of states and markets since WWII.

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Class assignments and grading

Students are required to write several short essays and take two in-class exams. In addition, students participate in a simulation that requires collaborative research. You will work with a team of other students to research contemporary issues, formulate your own policy positions, and negotiate solutions.


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: 04/25/2002