International Political Economy

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Course Description: 

This course is a specialized graduate-level seminar in international political economy (IPE) that assumes little or no background in the field. The course surveys four main substantive domains of the international economy that are increasingly inter-related: trade, investment, finance and development. In addition, the last part of the course addresses emerging issues of international migration and environment. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach and examines readings from both economics and political science. At the end of the course, students will be able to analyze phenomena and answer questions such as: why are democracies generally more open to international trade than authoritarian states? Why are some developing countries more attractive to international investors than others? Why is the value of the Saudi Arabian Riyal fairly constant over time while that of the Euro is constantly changing? Students will see that these economic policy outcomes are influenced by domestic actors – voters, interest groups, political parties, politicians, bureaucrats – as well as political institutions, domestic and international.

Learning Outcomes: 

The lectures equip students with basic theoretical knowledge and methodological tools to be able to read contemporary IPE literature. The seminars delve deeper into the literature to identify possible directions in which the existing scholarship can be advanced. The aim of the course is to equip students with necessary knowledge and skills to conduct independent research and build on the current state of knowledge in the field and in doing so, promote research on contemporary IPE. 

  1. Participation and presentation (20%):  students are required to participate actively in class and present papers during the “seminar” sessions.
  2. Comment papers (30%): each student will submit two comment papers on the readings of a “seminar” session of his/her own choosing. These sessions may be the same sessions in which the student is assigned to present papers. Only readings listed under the “seminar” sessions can be used for writing the comment paper. The paper should be 1000 words in length and provide i) a succinct summary of the research question, methodology, and major findings of the readings; ii) an analytical review that identifies their strengths and weaknesses of the readings; and iii) possible research questions that follow from the commentary. The paper should be submitted by noon of the day before the “seminar” session.
    1. In-class quizzes (30%): throughout the semester, there will be five pop quizzes (unannounced) administered at randomly selected sessions. The quizzes cover materials delivered during lectures and seminars, including student presentations. Each quiz accounts for 10% of the final grade and only the best three scores will be taken into the calculation of the final grade. Students who miss a quiz for any reason (excused or unexcused) will receive a score of zero for that quiz.
    2. For this assignment, students will have a choice between Option A and Option B:

    Option A: Statement of purpose (20%): each student will assume that he/she is applying to a PhD program of his/her own choosing and intends to carry out research in the field of IPE.  The statement is expected to be 4-5 double spaced pages in length and is due on November 30th, 2018.

    Option B: Country report (20%): each student will assume that he/she is a specialist of country X employed in a consultancy firm. The report is expected to be 4-5 double spaced pages in length and is due on November 30th, 2018.

    Penalty for late work:  1 percentage point of overall grade per calendar day

    Note on submission: submission of assignments should only be done through Moodle electronically.
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