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Sara R Curran
JSIS 500
Seattle Campus

Origins of the Global System

Explores the development of global interdependence from the fifteenth century to World War II; the interrelationship of politics and economics; and international political economy from contextual, institutional, and historical perspectives. Offered: A.

Class description

Explores explanations for the development of global interdependence from the fifteenth century to the present; the interrelationship of politics and economics; and international political economy from contextual, institutional, and historical perspectives. The major questions you will be asking yourself about the course material are those that preoccupy much social science scholarship: How and why does social order emerge, persist, and change within nations and between nations or societies? How are power, disciplining, agency, and structure understood in explaining national, international, and global social orders and its consequences?

Student learning goals

Identify the major problems and challenges facing societies throughout modern history and contemporary times.

Identify major theoretical explanations for social order and social change across social science disciplines as applied to international studies.

Learn how to synthesize, compare, and contrast multiple perspectives and explanations.

Learn basic evaluative tools for assessing the nature of evidence and the quality of evidence in international studies scholarship.

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

None.

Class assignments and grading

Significant reading requirement - 200 pp per week 7-8 synthetic reading notes - one per week 2 preceptorial sessions 2 comprehensive week's reading notes and facilitating discussion question guidelines

30% reading notes 40% preceptorial sessions and materials 30% weekly participation in discussion


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: 04/22/2013