International Political Economy
Spring 2019

***Schedule last updated 03/20/19***

 

Date Topic

Assignments/ Readings Due

January

1/15


About the class
Course syllabus
 

 
1/17 Introduction to IPE: The Basics ***Remember to regularly refresh this page***


If you're interested in the CPTPP
Part I: Theory
1/22 Discuss Chapter 2
  • Chapter 2, The Concepts
1/24 IPE perspectives:
An Introduction

 

 
1/29 IPE perspectives:
Mercantilism

Readings:

1/31 University weather delay- no class  

February

2/5

IPE perspectives:
(Neo)liberalism
Readings:

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

2/7

 

IPE Perspectives:
Marxism
Readings:

2/12

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
 

2/14
Applying the Theories to the tuna situation
 
In-class assignment based on Chapter 7
Part II: IPE Areas, Concepts, Transnational Issues

2/19

International Monetary System

Reading:

2/21 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

2/26

International Monetary System

If you're interested, a short, yet informative video about the EU

 2/28

International Monetary System

 

Reading:

If you're interested

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

  • Eurozone crisis explained
  • Greek debt explained
  • March

    3/5

    Discuss chapter 3

    Reading:
    • Chapter 3, Spices

    3/7

    International Monetary System
     
    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?

    3/12, 3/14

    Spring Break Do something fun!

    3/19


    Finish International Monetary System

    Begin International Investment & Financial Flows
     

    Discuss film- 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?

    3/21

    International Investment & Financial Flows

     

    Readings:
    3/26 International Investment & Financial Flows Reading:

    If you're interested:

    3/28

    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.

    Reading:
    • Chapter 5, Soybeans

    April

    4/2

    International Trade System Reading:

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

     

    4/4

    Class not meeting

    Complete Paper 1- Submit to Canvas no later than Sunday, 4/8 at 9 pm (will be posted 4/2)

    *Late papers will be accepted until Tuesday 4/9 at 9 pm starting with a 25% deduction

    4/9

    International Trade System Readings:

    Some more ITS articles that might interest you:

    • Antigua asks for settlement money
    • 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
    • If you're not yet convince that NEM is better for more people than mercantilism, read this article
    4/11 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?
     

     

    Reading:

    • Chapter 4, Cocoa Beans
    4/16 The Global South
     
    Readings:
    4/18 The Global South

    Readings:

    If you're interested:

    4/23 The Global South No readings

    If you're interested: Brain Drain, Clothing Competition

    4/25

    Discuss chapter 6

      Reading:
    • Chapter 6, Tomatoes

    4/30 Discuss chapter 8 Reading:
    •  Chapter 8, The Future

    May

    5/2 


    Tying together IPE
     
     

     

    T 5/7

     


    Final Exam:
    Tuesday from
    10:10-12:10
    Analysis Paper 2 due to Canvas no later than 12:10 pm. (Will be posted 5/2)

    Late papers will only be accepted until 5:10 PM Tuesday, May 1st, with a penalty 10%.