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International Political Economy



Purpose: 1. Students will learn about the main theories, issues and debates in the field of International Political Economy. 2. Through class assignments, students will hone their writing, research and participation skills.

Content: This course introduces students to the field of International Political Economy (IPE) – the study of the changing relationships between states, markets, and societies around the globe. Students will learn about key IPE theories, issues and debates. Theories covered include: liberalism, mercantilism, structuralism, constructivism and feminism. Key debates to be discussed include: the current economic crisis; tensions between competing models of global trade and finance; regionalism; how “emerging economies”, like China and India, are reshaping the global economy; how social groups influence markets and states; globalization and global inequality; global governance and transnational financial regulation; and the “illicit” global economy (like drug trafficking and blood diamonds).

Methods of Instruction

Lectures and workshops.

Study Material

Theodore H. Cohn (2011), Global Political Economy, 6th Edition (International Edition): Pearson.

Tuesday 26 March 2013, 9.00-12.00 hrs, USC

Tuesday 4 June 2013, 9.00-12.00 hrs, USC

Final exam; in-class quizzes; short essay.

You can register for an exam or retake through USIS until 10 days before the exam or retake.

Wednesday 6 February t/m 20 March, 13.00-15.00 hrs, SA41

workgroup 1: Friday 8 February untill 22 March, 11.00-13.00 hrs, 5A29
workgroup 2: Friday 8 February untill 22 March, 15.00-17.00 hrs, SA21 (behalve 15 mrt, zaal 5A41)
workgroup 3: Friday 8 February untill 22 March, 13.00-15.00 hrs, 1A24 (behalve 15 mrt, zaal 0A33)
workgroup 4: Friday 8 February untill 22 March, 13.00-15.00 hrs, SA37 (behalve 15 mrt, 17.00-19.00 uur, zaal SA37)