Global Political Economy

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Global Political Economy

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Requirements

The most basic requirement for this course is that students attend class regularly and come to class prepared. This means that students prepare carefully for class, having done all of that day's assigned reading. Most class sessions will be interactive, so you should come ready to discuss! Attendance in class is mandatory. One's participation grade will suffer significantly after two absences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Materials:

Two books and several case studies are required for the course and are available in the bookstore. If you choose not to buy them there the books are available online. All cases are also available for purchase (hardcopy or download) at the Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. The required readings include:

    • David N. Balaam and Michael Veseth, Introduction to International Political Economy , 3rd ed. (Prentice-Hall, 2005)
    • John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hitman (Plume, 2005)
    • 2 Case Studies
    Additional readings will be posted on Blackboard.

Written Requirements

The graded requirements for the course are as follows:

Assignment
Due Date
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Country Profile
February 24
15%
Midterm
March 10
20%
Commodity Presentation and Paper
April 19
25%
Participation
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15%
Final Exam
May 3
25%

Note: All work is due in class on the specific due dates. Extentions are rarely given and never arranged after the fact. If you have an emergency make arrangements before the due date. All late work will be penalized 1/3 of one letter grade per day. Work handed in more than 10 days late will receive a zero (0). it is very difficult to pass this class with any grade of zero.

Note on Academic Honesty: All work must be that of individual students. Whenever you use outside sources of information in your research, you must cite your sources properly. All papers submitted in this course should employ the American Political Science Association citation method as outlined in the Style Manual for Political Science. Papers submitted without complete citations will not be graded. Students caught cheating will receive an F in the course and will be reported to the Dean of Arts and Sciences for further discipline.

Electronics Policy

     
I know you all think of yourselves as multi-taskers, delicately balancing the intake of various forms of information from multiple sources. Most of these sources, of course, are electronic in nature. I, too, like my electronic toys and in the past I have been fairly open and flexible regarding electronics. The situation has gotten increasingly out of hand. I find students using laptops or texting to be not only nonengaged, but also distracting other students around them. Therefore I need to enforce a policy that prohibits personal electronics in class. Students are not to use cell phones, laptops, PDAs or music players in class. Students observed using these items will upon first offense receive a participation grade of zero for the day, the second offense will bring their semester participation grade down one full letter grade, the third offense will result in them being dropped from the class.