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T. J. Pempel
SIS 390
Seattle Campus

Political Economy of Industrialized Nations

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


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 Leah A Mayo
Date: 02/06/2001