James A Caporaso
POL S 522
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.
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.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
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 %