INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
P151 393-01 (Springl998)
Meetings: Tue & Thur 5.00-6.15 pm (Room 237 (AWC)
Lecturer: Daniel K. Gibran, Ph.D. Office: GRD 220
Office No.: 963-5650 Office Hours:M-F 1.00 3.30 pm
General Description and Scope of Course
This is an upper division course in Political Science that is open to all majors of the University. Students majoring in Political Science and Business, however, will find this course to be extremely useflil and academically rigorous. It will focus on the historical development and conceptual foundations of International Political Economy. Further, emphasis will be placed on the origins and workings of the international economic system, the multinational corporation, the debt crisis, theories of development and underdevelopment, the balance of payments and international trade. Additionally, students will be introduced to epistemological concerns and to the major theoretical frameworks for understanding international political economy. Extensive readings from the current literature will also form a part of the scope of this course.
Prentice Hall Publishers, 1995.
Topical Outline and Suggested Readings
2. History of and theoretical approaches to International Political Economy Open Lecture; Readings: Contending Perspectives on IPE (Handout)
3. Origins and development of the Bretton Woods System of Monetary Relations Open Lecture; Readings: Required Text, pp.77-95.
4. Management in the Post-Bretton Woods Era
Open Lecture; Readings: Spero and Hart, pp.24-48.
5. The World Trade System
6. The Multinational Corporation and Direct Foreign Investment
7. Structuralist Approaches and Issues in International Political Economy
8. Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy
Students' grades will be determined by the Lecturer's assessment of written work, mid-term and final examinations. The following weights have been assigned to these three parameters:
1. One Extended Essay of 2,000 to 2,500 words due 31 Mar/98......30%
2. A written mid-term examination of three questions ........................30%
3. An extensive written final examination ...........................................40%
All students are expected to attend classes on a regular basis (please refer to TSUs Undergraduate Catalog, 1995-97, p.31).
Required readings from Text and other sources are compulsory. Students will be required to provide a two-page summary of four extra-textual assignments. These will be graded and used in the overall assessment of final grade determination.
Plagiarism is strictly prohibited. The relevant sections in the Student Handbook apply.