POLS 430. International Political Economy

  • Introduction to the course.
  • Requirement and grades.
  • Use of the web page.
  • The Telegram group.

More about the course

This course provides an introduction to the main themes of international political economy. We will discuss the history and theories of international trade, the idea of free trade and its critics, imperialism and colonialism. We will also discuss the international institutions set up in the wake of the Second World War, including the World Bank and the IMF. We will talk about neo-mercantilism, theories of development, the rise of East Asia, and growth theory, questions of poverty and development aid. We conclude the course by discussing several contemporary issues: financial crises, foreign direct investments, the role of tech giants, climate change and the limits of growth.

The course will be held on Mondays, 9.30-12.30 in ITBF, B-50.

Although the class is held in person, we will make extensive use of the web pages. You should go through all material listed on these pages except the lecture notes. All material is available for download online, and you are expected to comments on the readings in class. The final grade for the course will be based on a mid-term exam (25%), final exam (25%), and in-class participation (50%).

It is crucial that you join the group chat on Telegram.