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James A Caporaso
POL S 522
Seattle Campus

International Political Economy

Theories of international political economy. Focuses on the emergence and development of the modern world system, the transition from feudalism to capitalism, and the institution of the nation-state system. Examines the political economy of trade, investment, and the international division of labor from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: POL S 521.

Class description

Description. This course will attempt to do two things. First, we will examine some of the major theories of political economy, e.g. neoclassical, Marxist, and mercantilist. Second, we will examine some of the important topics and literatures of international political economy, trade and political coalitions, regime theory, economic theories of institutions, and the political economy of development.

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General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Assignments. The format of the course is discussion. After the first several weeks students will lead discussions. There will be several short papers to sharpen ideas and acquire skills in developing arguments.

Grading. short theory papers: 60 % Class/quiz participation: 40 % TOTAL: 100 %


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.
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Last Update by James A Caporaso
Date: 03/03/2008