• INTS-4310 International Trade

  • The subject of this course is the theory, policy, political economy and history of the international organization of trade.   The field of international trade ranges from abstract theoretical modeling to policy controversies. In this course we will examine both—we will take care to explore neoclassical and heterodox trade theory, while also paying attention to important empirical, political economy and policy issues. Following the examination of trade theory we will explore contemporary debates in international trade. 

  • Syllabus, INTS 4310, Winter 2011.pdf

  • INTS - 4370 Political Economy of Globalization

  • The concept of "globalization" is at the heart of contemporary debate across the disciplines. Indeed, many observers and policymakers take economic globalization to be the paramount force (re)shaping the world as we enter the new millennium.
    This course will explore the nature, presence and impact of globalization. We will pursue three broad themes: the globalization of production; the globalization of exchange; and the impact of globalization on the state. Each of these comprises many sub-themes, and we will explore as many as time permits. Rather than presume economic globalization, we will explore carefully its nature, extent, and effects.

  • Syllabus, INTS 4370, Spring 2005.pdf

  • INTS - 4372 Theories of Global Political Economy

  • This seminar will examine in depth four extraordinary texts in the field of political economy, each of which represents a distinct theoretical tradition.
    The course will feature Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation, which is a central text for institutionalist economics; Karl Marx’s Capital, Volume I, which continues to be among the most important and influential texts in the history of political economy; Friedrich von Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, a vital contribution to the Austrian school of thought with immense influence today; and finally, an extraordinarily provocative contemporary text, JK Gibson-Graham’s The End of Capitalism (as we knew it), which presents a post-structuralist, feminist approach to political economy.
    Although the presentation in these texts is largely abstract, the seminar will examine their contemporary relevance.

  • Syllabus, INTS 4372, Spring 2010, Final.pdf

  • INTS-3701 Ethical Foundations of Global Economy

  • This course will explore the normative/ethical theories that underlie the most pressing debates today in global economic policymaking. Most people know that economists typically endorse the policy of “free trade,” or the outcome of “economic growth.” Indeed, economists advocate these so often that it seems self-evident that these are obviously desirable. But why is this so? What is the ethical grounding for the economist’s stance on these matters?

    In this course we will probe the ethical foundations of economics. We will examine the role of ethical commitments even in “positive science” (the explanation of what is).  The course then will turn to and focus intensively on mainstream, neoclassical economic theory (the predominant approach to economics today). Following a brief overview of neoclassical theory, we will explore its ethical foundations (utilitarianism/welfarism) and the way in which these foundations affect its policy prescriptions. Then we will examine critiques of utilitarianism/welfarism, before turning to alternative ethical foundations for economics. We will see how these alternatives often yield very different sets of policy conclusions on today’s most important economic policy debates. In this connection we will explore libertarianism on the one hand and egalitarianism on the other.

  • Syllabus, INTS 3701, Fall 2010.pdf

  • INTS -4374 Normative Foundations of Global Economy

  • This course will explore important facets of what might broadly be called the “philosophy of economics.” Specifically, it will examine the normative commitments (i.e., the deep value judgments) that underlie economic policy prescriptions. Unfortunately, most economists who participate in policy debate pay little attention to the normative foundations underlying their prescriptions. Normative principles are largely taken for granted—often treated as obviously correct and beyond dispute. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, much discord in policy matters derives precisely from normative controversy. Reading policy debate critically therefore requires a careful engagement with normative theory, so that we can uncover and scrutinize the normative principles that lay buried beneath policy prescriptions.

    In keeping with the above, this course will examine the normative theories that inform contemporary global economic policy debate. Time permitting, we will examine the normative positions mentioned above—welfarism (and utilitarianism), libertarianism, egalitarianism, and objectivism/relativism—and their role in neoclassical, Marxian, Austrian, postmodern and institutionalist economic theory. Though this course will emphasize abstract theory, we will explore in passing the linkages between these normative perspectives and contemporary global economic policy debate.

  • Syllabus, INTS 4374, Winter 2011.pdf

This portfolio last updated: 28-Mar-2016 2:57 PM