International Political Economy
Fall 2019

***Schedule last updated 09/17/19***


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
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:
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 Reading:

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, an article about Somalia's cash situation, Somalia's mobile cash, J-Pop Girl Band, Venezuela's Cryptocurrency, and John Oliver on Cryptocurrency, energy and cryptocurrency, latest Zimbabwe stuff: July crash, Oct zollar empty shops,

Here's one on habanero pepper cryptocurrency- a very different take on the currency


International Monetary System

Watch film


Class not meeting- instead watch this film (~2 hrs; will be posted 10/8)

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


10/22 International Monetary System Reading:

Also, a good summary of how the Eurocrisis happened and the Greek situation:

  • Eurozone crisis explained
  • Greek debt explained
  • If you're interested, a short, yet informative video about the EU


    Discuss chapter 3

    • Chapter 3, Spices


    Class not meeting

    Complete Paper 1- (Will be posted 10/24)

    Submit to Canvas no later than the end of the day, 10/29 at 11:00 pm; Late submissions will be accepted until midnight 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:



    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
    11/7 International Trade System Readings:

    Some more ITS articles that might interest you:

    11/12 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
    11/14 The Global South
    11/19 The Global South


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

    If you're interested:

    11/21 The Global South


    If you're interested:


    Discuss chapter 6

    • Chapter 6, Tomatoes



    Thanksgiving Day- No classes





    The Future
    •  Chapter 8, The Future




    Tying together IPE


    TH 12/12


    Final Exam:
    Thursday from
    Critical Thought Paper 2 due to Canvas- see assignment for submission instructions (will be posted 12/5)

    Submit 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.