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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 17.91 (Fall 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Reading Seminar in Social Science: International Political Economy 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Political Science 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. David Singer 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 17.910 Reading Seminar in Social Science: International Political Economy

    Fall 2006

    Course Highlights

    17.910 Reading Seminar in Social Science: International Political Economy

    Fall 2006

    Manhole cover that reads City of L.A. in the upper half, Made in India in the lower half.
    Pictured above is a manhole cover manufactured in India, but transported to and installed in the American city of Los Angeles, California. One of the topics discussed in this course is the internationalization of production, as illustrated by the manhole's global journey. (Image courtesy of Cathy Cole.)

    Course Description

    This course examines the politics of international economic relations. We begin with a discussion of the analytical "lenses" through which we can view the global economy. We then examine the politics of trade policy, multinational corporations, and international monetary and financial relations. We will also examine third-world development, communist transition, and the debate over "globalization." Finally we will explore the fight against terrorist financing and money laundering, the proper role of international financial institutions (including the IMF), and the impact of the global economy on the ability of governments to make policy within their own borders.

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    David A. Singer, course materials for 17.910 Reading Seminar in Social Science: International Political Economy, Fall 2006. MIT OpenCourseWare (, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].


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