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Christi L. Siver
POL S 427
Seattle Campus

International Political Economy

Examines major theoretical problems, substantive issues, and schools of thought in international political economy (IPE), including issues of trade, production, and finance. Preparation for critical analysis of dilemmas entailed in establishing and maintaining an instrumentally effective and ethically acceptable IPE system.

Class description

In this course, students will focus on the interaction of politics and economics at the international level. We will examine both the government influences on the market and the market influences on governance. Topics covered will include trade policy, monetary policy, international financial markets, North/South relations, competing models of development, and alleviation of global poverty. In addition, we will examine the international arms trade, human trafficking, terrorism and climate change.

Student learning goals

1. Students will learn different theoretical explanations for interactions between actors in the international political economy.

2. Students will apply and compare these explanations to historical and contemporary phenomenon.

3. Students will articulate their arguments orally and in writing.

4. Students will learn argument construction, critical analysis and research skills.

General method of instruction

Instruction will include lecture, group activities, individual research, and class presentations.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Grades will be assigned based on a midterm exam, research paper and presentation, peer critique, final exam, and participation.

Grades will be assigned based on a midterm exam, research paper and presentation, peer critique, final exam, and participation.


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 Christi L. Siver
Date: 11/08/2009