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INTST 201 Introduction to International Political Economy • 5 Cr.


Examines international economics in the post-World War II era. Students investigate the post-war economic and political orders, including the crisis of the 1970's-1980's and north/south and east/west relations.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Understand and distinguish the perspectives or paradigms within which scholars approach the field of international political economy.
  • Understand basic concepts and methods of Economics, Political Science, and History (such as the development over time in the modern world of “the state” and “the market”) as they apply to the postwar world. system.
  • Recognize the value and importance of approaching a subject from an interdisciplinary standpoint.
  • Explain the growth and development of the types of economic and political systems, and their international interaction, in the post-World War II era.
  • Understand how contemporary international monetary and trade regimes work, and how these developed out of prior international arrangements.
  • Understand the basis for conflict and cooperation between and among states in the current world system.
  • Recognize the differences in economic and political “development’ among countries in the international system, and evaluate the theories and perspectives explaining those differences.
  • Understand the basis of current conflicts and issues in the international political economy, such as control of oil, trade disagreements, conflict over the role of multinational corporations, the world debt crisis, the role of international institutions, IMF, world Bank, Un.ets.).



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