The Course


This course provides an introduction to the study of international political economy. In it, we will study the interaction between politics and the several of the major facets of IPE: trade, migration, and the international monetary system. We will also examine how scholars in a variety of fields have approached these issues.

This course is organized topically; although some necessary historical background will be developed during lectures and in some of the readings. After presenting the several different modes of studying IPE, the course will explore trade, migration, and the international monetary system in greater depth. It ends by considering a range of attempts to evaluate the global economy today.

Course Format


This offering of the course is unusual in that it has weekly (50-minute) discussion sections as well as longer (75-minute) lectures. This extra time allows us to cover more ground and to engage our material more deeply. While both lectures and discussions are designed to complement the assigned readings, some of the readings may not be addressed explicitly in class. Students are responsible for ensuring that they understand all of these course elements (readings, lectures, and discussions). And they should not hesitate to ask questions (during lecture, discussion, or via email) if they do not.

Lectures: Lectures will action-packed–and (hopefully!) delivered in a lively manner. In addition to using PowerPoint slides to display charts, graphics, and tables, I also include the bulk of the lecture’s important points (including pivotal transitions) in prose form on these slides. I have evolved this system of lecture delivery in an attempt to serve the interests of both auditory and visual learners.

I will post the slides for each lecture on the evening before the lecture. Students are encouraged to download these slides before arriving to class to aid their note-taking. Please consult Materials for more information.

Additionally, I will attempt to record the audio from each lecture. After some post-processing, I will post these lectures as a podcast. In the past, students who were new to this subject and/or spoke English as a second (or third!) language found this particularly helpful. This feature, however, should be considered to still be in “beta,” meaning that it may not perform as reliably as desired.

Discussions: I will vary my role and influence in the discussion based on the material and topics at hand. At points, I may provide some preliminary exegesis or background to set the stage for our discussion. At other points, I will take a less active role, encouraging students to take the discussion in the directions they find most interesting. The direction of discussions will largely depend on the questions and interests developed by the discussion’s participants.

This Site


The policies for this course are available on this website; and this site contains all of the most recent information about this course. Students are required to read through the site upon enrolling in the course to ensure they are familiar with the course policies, assignments, and goals.

My policies concerning assignments are available here.

Students enrolled in my courses are required to read all of these policies carefully.

The Instructor


You can find further information about me, James Ashley Morrison, via my website.