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James A Caporaso
POL S 527
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in International Relations Research

Examination of current topics in the theory and practice of world politics. Content varies according to recent developments in the field and research interests of the instructor.

Class description

Topic: The Political Economy of Regionalization and Globalization

Description: This course will focus on processes of regional and global integration with special attention to problems of international (and transnational) governance. We will also examine how domestic politics shape or are shaped by global forces. The European Union will provide the regional focus for the course. Comparisons with Asian integration will be made.

Student learning goals

the basic theoretical dynamics of global and regional integration

a basic understanding of the European Union and how it works

a basic understanding of some of the most important regional and global issues, such as trade, capital flows

a basic understanding of the essentials of the European financial crisis

an ability to identify a significant intellectual question (problem, puzzle) and to develop a coherent argument (not a list of factors) to answer the question.

General method of instruction

seminar, student presenations, and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Texts: A number of books will be ordered and readings will be made available, either through a reader or through electronic access

Class assignments and grading

Assignments: A series of three short papers, class presentations of readings. Grading will be based on class discussion, class presentations,the short papers.

Grading: Papers: 60 %; Class participation and presentation 40%.


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by James A Caporaso
Date: 11/07/2013