Spring 2009

SOCS 613
The Politics of the Modern Global Economy

Gallarotti,Giulio

01/29/2009 - 05/07/2009
Thursday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Public Affairs Center 421

This course is an introduction to major issues in the politics of today's global economy. We will cover such broad topics as globalization, trade, monetary relations, imperialism, debt, foreign direct investment, resource cartels, development, international migration, and the environment. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing competing visions of international political economy.



The class will be orientated around active learning methods. The subject matter will often be applied in professional contexts: i.e., students will play the roles of decision makers that have to use the subject matter in

order to construct solutions to pressing problems, from constructing a viable energy policy for the U.S. in the 21st century to constructing effective development strategies for less developed nations. Team projects

will also be employed.

Grades will be based on two research papers (seven to eight pages each), participation, and in-class presentations.



Previous coursework in economics is helpful, but not required.



Since this course meets over the dinner hour, we will make an effort to eat together during class. Professor Gallarotti will provide food on the first night of class, then students will divide into small groups and select one or two class meetings for which they will provide food for the group. Contributions are strictly voluntary, and people who volunteer to bring food should bring whatever amount and kind of food they feel comfortable with.

Readings will include Spero and Hart, The Politics of International Economic Relations; Kindlebeger, The World of Depression; and Cameron, A Concise History of the World Economy.

Grades will be based on two research papers (seven to eight pages each), participation, and in-class presentations.

The class will be orientated around active learning methods. The subject matter will often be applied in professional contexts: i.e., students will play the roles of decision makers that have to use the subject matter in order to construct solutions to pressing problems, from constructing a viable energy policy for the U.S. in the 21st century to constructing effective development strategies for less developed nations. Team projects will also be employed.

Previous coursework in economics is not required.

This course is open to auditors.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus


Giulio Gallarotti (B.A. Hunter College; M.I.A., Ph.D. Columbia University) is professor of Government and Tutor in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. He has also been a visiting professor in the Department of Economic Theory at the University of Rome.

He is the author of The Anatomy of an International Monetary Regime: The Classical Gold Standard 1880-1914 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995), The Power Curse: Influence and Illusion in World Politics (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010), and Cosmopolitan Power in International Relations: A Synthesis of Realism, Neoliberalism, and Constructivism (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010). In addition, he has published numerous articles in leading journals across five disciplines: economics, politics, law, history, and business. His biography has been published in Marquis Who's Who in America 2010-2014.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Rondo Cameron, A PRECISE ECONOMIC HISTORY OF THE WORLD (Oxford University Press), Paperback

Charles Kindleberger, THE WORLD IN DEPRESSION (University of California Press), Paperback

Joan Spero, POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS (Wasdsorth Publishing), Paperback

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