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Daniel Chirot
SIS 500
Seattle Campus

International Studies Survey

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

The purpose of the course is to introduce major theoretical orientations in political economy while also explaining the changes that occurred to create the modern world political and economic system. We will begin with readings from some of the classical thinkers who create political economy -- Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, Karl Marx, and Max Weber. Then we will do some reading that tries to explain what happened in the West to start modernization. The last part of the course will look at some major contemporary developments: globalization, the collapse of communism, and the revival of interest in civil society.

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Class assignments and grading

Students will write a few short essays about the readings, and a longer research paper on a topic of their choice.


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: 04/06/2001