International Political Economy
Fall 2019

***Schedule last updated 12/05/19***


Date Topic

Assignments/ Readings Due



About the class
Course syllabus

8/22 Introduction to IPE: The Basics ***Remember to regularly refresh this page***

If you're interested in the CPTPP, video with more details on GDP
8/27 Discuss Chapter 2
  • Chapter 2, The Concepts
Part I: Theory
8/29 IPE perspectives:
An Introduction





IPE perspectives:


9/5 IPE perspectives:

A modern example of Smith's ideas at work, if you're interested.

9/10 IPE Perspectives:

If you're interested- interesting article about on-ramp jobs and automation that Marx would say only serve to further break down social relationships

9/12 Discuss Chapter 7 Reading:
  • Chapter 7, Tuna

To ensure there are no free riders on the in-class assignment, I will give a quiz on Ch 7. You can use any handwritten notes you have on a piece of paper or in your notebook (not notes written in the book margins). There is no make-up quiz. If you get less than a 2/5 on it, you will have to complete the in-class assignment by yourself, rather than with a group.

If you're interested: Most sustainable canned tuna


Applying the Theories to the tuna situation
In-class assignment based on Chapter 7



Applying the Theories to the tuna situation
Class not meeting- submit assignment to me by email no later than 12:05 pm. No late submissions will be accepted.
Part II: IPE Areas, Concepts, Transnational Issues


International Investment & Financial Flows


9/26 International Investment & Financial Flows Readings:

If you're interested:



Discuss chapter 5

In addition to the chapter questions, be able to answer these:

1. Why is Brazil a good destination for FDI?

2. Identify the ways that this chapter on soybeans relates to what we just covered with International Investment and MNCs.

  • Chapter 5, Soybeans
10/3 International Monetary System



International Monetary System Readings:

If you're interested, lots of recent news on these issues:


International Monetary System

Watch film


Class not meeting- instead watch this film (~2 hrs)

Be prepared to discuss these Qs:

  • How do the events in the film reflect the interconnectedness of the IMS?

  • What are the key objectives of the IBBC? How does the IBBC take advantage of the interconnectedness of the IMS to meet these objectives?

  • How does the IBBC demonstrate how difficult it is to monitor and enforce international norms and law?



Fall Break Do something fun!



International Monetary System

Discuss film



If you're interested, a short, yet informative video about the EU and one take on how Brexit came about and brief explanation of it and some consequences. And these provide good summaries of how the Eurocrisis happened and how Greece got into dire straits:

  • Eurozone crisis explained
  • Greek debt explained
    10/22 International Monetary System


    If you're interested, an article about the recent inflated onion prices in India, and its consequent effect on neighboring importers

    10/24 International Monetary System Reading:

    If you're interested, a short, yet informative video about the EU, a video differentiating the IMF & WB, a video on currency manipulation, an IMF video on SDRs if you want way more details. and utterly fascinating is this video I happened across about a N. Korean (yes, North) restaurant chain
    (and note that he keeps saying 'kimchi' but focusing in on potatoes- the kimchi is the dish to the left)


    Discuss chapter 3

    • Chapter 3, Spices



    Class not meeting

    Complete Paper 1

    Due to Canvas by 11:00 pm, Sunday, Nov. 3
       -Late submissions will be accepted until 11:15 with a 2-point penalty.
       -No submissions will be accepted after that time.




    International Trade System Reading:

    Some ITS articles we don't have time to cover, but that might interest you:

    11/7 International Trade System Readings:

    Some more ITS articles that might interest you:

    • A really interesting argument about why implementing tariffs now is a particularly bad idea, since Americans have already dealt with the blow of outsourcing/offshoring jobs to Asia and Mexico
    • This article does a great job of delving into the implications of the US- SK trade deal, and how the big guy always has the benefit when it wants to play that card
    • A thorough article detailing the interconnectedness between the China and the US
    • Sugar subsidies in India
    11/12 International Trade System Readings:

    Some more ITS articles that might interest you:

    11/14 Discuss chapter 4

    In addition to the questions in the book, also be able to answer these Qs:

    1. What incentives do the Ivory Coast and Ghana have, as sovereign states, to comply with the Protocol?

    2. Why the push for fair trade in the cocoa industry?



    • Chapter 4, Cocoa Beans

    If you're interested, the problems with cocoa production continue mica mining in Madagascar

    11/19 The Global South

    If you're interested, child labor and mica mining in Madagascar and what UNICEF is trying to do; mica mining in India


    11/21 The Global South


    **Remember to regularly refresh this page- you may need to do it to upload links

    If you're interested:

    11/26 The Global South


    If you're interested:



    Thanksgiving Day- No classes





    Discuss chapter 6

    • Chapter 6, Tomatoes




    The Future
    •  Chapter 8, The Future


    TH 12/12


    Final Exam:
    Thursday from
    Critical Thought Paper 2 due to Canvas no later than the end of final exam time, 12:10. Late submissions will be accepted until 12:30 pm incurring a 2-point penalty. No submissions will be accepted after that time.