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GPIS Concentration:International Political Economy & Development

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International Political Economy and Development Field Seminars


  • Students selecting this field as their major or minor must complete Global Political Economy (IS 713/813) and Political Economy of Development (IS 740/840) as their required field courses.
  • M.A. students must select ONE more seminar within the field.
  • Ph.D. students must choose THREE more seminars.
  • Students who wish to take courses other than those listed below are strongly advised to consult the field coordinator.
  • Students are also advised that they have the opportunity to enrich their classroom experience through Independent Study/Directed Research projects with the agreement and under the supervision of the field coordinator.


IS 713/813* Global Political Economy

Seminar, 3 hours; 3 credits. Analysis of the forces shaping national and transnational economic institutions and their policies on a range of contemporary issues, including North-South relations.

IS 740/840* Political Economy of Development

This seminar examines alternate theoretical perspectives on development. These perspectives are then employed to understand contemporary political and economic changes in the developing world, including the consolidation of democratic governance and the liberalization of domestic economics.

IS 711/811 International Migration

Seminar, 3 hours; 3 credits. A review of current literature and empirical issues concerning transnational migration and refugees.

IS 741/841 Globalization and Social Change in the World System (WAP)

Seminar, 3 hours; 3 credits. This course is intended to first identify the distinguishing characteristics of globalization. It then attempts to examine its implications on a number of critical issues, including the future of democracy, income distribution and ethnic, class, and gender relations.

IS 716/816 Theories of Comparative Sociopolitical Studies (WAP)

Lecture, 3 hours; 3 credits. The fundamental goal of the course is to provide the theoretical basis for subsequent coursework and research in the comparative and regional studies track. To achieve this goal, this seminar examines major theories and debates in comparative social and political studies based on extensive and intensive literature review.

IS 722. Democracy and International Relations. 3 Credits. (WAP)

An examination of the relationship between democratic politics, democratic ideals, and international relations. Subjects covered will include trends and processes of democratization and their implications for international relations, the distinctiveness of democratic states in their international behavior, the impact of the international environment on the internal politics of democratic states, and the problems of democracy in global governance.

* Core Seminar
WAP = "With Appropriate Paper." To count for field credits, these courses must have the paper topic approved by the field coordinator.