Political Science | World System Development
Y669 | 3969 | Thompson

World System Development is a course on long-term changes in
international political economy.  Topics that will receive particular
attention include evolutionary interpretations of international
political economy, the early emergence of an Afro-Eurasian world
economy, the ascendancy of Western Europe, the role of technological
change, long waves and the diffusion of economic growth, the dynamics
of economic primacy, global-regional conflict patterns, and the
future of the world's political economy.  No particular background is
assumed but students will be expected to produce a seminar paper on a
topic to be negotiated with the instructor. Since the scope of the
course is quite encompassing (although all possible topics will not
be examined), it is difficult to imagine student interests that
cannot be accommodated in some fashion.