Political Science | World System Development
Y200 | 3360 | Thompson

	This course reviews the processes by which a global political
economy emerged and developed into the system we now have.  While some
attention is given to very early processes (eg, 5500 years ago), most of the
emphasis is placed on the past 1000 years of development - and within the
last millennium, the past 500 years are particularly critical.  Specific
topics examined include long-term economic development, wars, the rise and
fall of major powers, north-south inequality, the role of international
organizations, military revolutions, democratization,  and evolutionary
trajectories in a variety of political-economic and military phenomena
related to world politics.  There will be two mid-terms, a choice between a
cumulative final and a course paper, and several short papers.  No specific
background is assumed.