How do domestic and international politics influence the economic relations between states, and vice versa? This course considers the role that governments and institutions play in the movement of goods, wealth, money, and people across borders. Sometimes political actors can intervene to improve the efficiency or equity of international markets, but sometimes self-interest can give rise to worse outcomes. This course explores topics such as globalization, trade, monetary relations, international institutions, debt, foreign direct investment, development, international migration, and the environment. Emphasis will be on understanding current events, including the recent trade war and sanctions.
Throughout this course, students will learn about survey research, statistical analysis, and interviews. They will also learn how to form a research question, conceptualize and measure variables, develop testable hypotheses, and select an appropriate case/unit of analysis. These skills may be especially helpful for students who pursue an honors thesis or other original research project.