Political Science | International Relations
Y669 | 13090 | Thompson


Topic:  World System Development

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.