Module: International Political Economy
Office: 214A Horton Social Science Center
Phone: 862-1858 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Page: http://unh.edu/political-science/reardon.html
Office hours: TTH 3:40-5 or by appointment
I. GENERAL DESCRIPTION
This module introduces basic concepts in international political economy. It surveys the evolution of the Bretton Woods system, with special emphasis on international economic organizations (the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization) and non-state actors (multinational corporations and producer cartels). The module will also examine the obstacles faced by developing nations and the growing controversy over globalization.
This as a lecture-discussion course, so you will want to do several things to assure that you get the most out of every session: 1) attend class regularly and complete the listed reading assignments before you come to class; 2) participate actively in class discussions and debates; 3) submit your assigned policy paper on time; and 4) prepare for quizzes on the assigned dates.
Each student will be assigned to a STUDY GROUP. Individual groups will be responsible for discussing readings on specific weeks, organizing debate positions and proofreading written assignments.
The final grade will be based on CLASS PARTICIPATION (20%), QUIZZES (40%), POLICY PROPOSAL (5%) and POLICY PAPER (35%).
III. COURSE READINGS
Students should purchase one text:
Students are also required to read all weekday news relating to the global economy in The New York Times.
There will be a quiz offered on every Tuesday (October 17, 24; November 2, 7) covering the text for the coming week and the NYT from the previous week (40%). Students will NOT BE ALLOWED to alter testing dates, unless a Doctor's certificate is provided or three exams are scheduled for the same day and this is the middle exam.
V. POLICY PROPOSAL AND PAPER
Based on the Instructors comments and approval, students will complete a policy paper (35%) that is due on 9 November. The paper (eight pages, typed, double-spaced, one inch margins, fonts no larger than 12) will included the revised problem section, key factors influencing policy positions, a statement of the states interests, and an argument for a particular policy option. The policy papers must include a title page, complete endnotes and a bibliography, which will not be included in the total page length. It is MANDATORY for each student to: 1) proofread meticulously and paginate the proposal and the paper; and 2) attach the approved policy proposal to your final policy paper.
VI. COURSE SCHEDULE
Tuesday, October 10
The Evolution of Bretton Woods and the IBRD
Spero and Hart, Chapter 1, pp.1-7.
Thursday, October 12
The International Monetary Fund
Spero and Hart, Chapter 2, pp. 8-48.
Tuesday, October 17
The World Trade Organization
Spero and Hart, Chapter 3, pp. 49-95.
Thursday, October 19
Spero and Hart, Chapter 4, pp. 96-148.
Tuesday, October 24
Debating Theories of Development
Spero and Hart, Chapter 5, pp. 149-166.
Thursday, October 26
International Aid and the Debt Crisises
Spero and Hart, Chapter 6, pp. 167-214.
Tuesday, October 31
"Engines of Development"
Spero and Hart, Chapter 7, pp. 215-275.
Thursday, November 2
Spero and Hart, Chapter 8, pp. 276-315.
Friday, November 3 -- New Hampshire International Seminar (MUB, Rm. 330, 4.00) "The New Multilingualism of the Former Yugoslavia" Prof. Robert Greenberg, UNC
Tuesday, November 7
The New International Economy
Spero and Hart, Chapter 9, pp. 316-364.
Thursday, November 9
The Post-Seattle Debate over Globalization
Spero and Hart, Chapter 10, pp. 365-370.
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