2017-2018 Catalog

DWA 220 International Political Economy

This course is an undergraduate survey of the field of International Political Economy (IPE). It is intended as an introduction for students who already have some background in the field of International Relations and are interested in exploring international economic relations at a deeper level. The course covers major theoretical empirical and policy perspectives. The theme to be explored in this course is "National Interest vs. Global Governance?" - that is, we will explore the theory and history of international political economy as an extension of national interest and an arena for the development of global governance, and the question of whether or not these two dimensions of international political economy are compatible or competitive with one another. The first part of the course will cover the basic concepts and theoretical foundations of IPE. The focus will be on core theoretical principles and approaches. The goal is to understand how theory is framed and how it "works," the potential inferences of this theory, and the issues of contention within the field. The second part of the course draws on the theoretical foundations to examine a set of specific international economic issue arenas, including: international trade, finance, and economic development. Only open to DWA majors.


4 units

Cross Listed Courses

POLS 232


ECON 101 and ECON 102

Core Requirements Met

  • Global Connections