Political Science | Development of World Systems (3 cr)
Y669 | 3329 | Thompson

World System Development is a course on long term changes in international
political economy.  Topics that will receive particular attention include
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 can not be accommodate in some fashion.