Welcome! to 2019 Summer Online: Session I
CPOL 510: Power and Money: Topics in Global Political Economy
Last updated 12 May, 4:36 PM Washington time
Welcome to Power and Money!
This will be our primary work space. Please see our Blackboard page for introductory material – and please watch this video just below here
Your readings and videos each week will be online – there are no textbooks to purchase. We will begin Tuesday, 14 May. If you have any questions, please email me – thanks and more soon…
Outline of Assignments
Most weeks have a sequence: I’ll offer you some readings and videos; you’ll reply to some prompts; and you’ll discuss your responses with each other
May 14 – Intro to Online Learning and a Look Ahead – click here for this week’s material
We start with an introduction to how the Internet is changing how scholars impact politics and economics (and how politics and economics impact scholars)
In some ways, we have the same debates today as in the 1890s, 1930s, and 1980s, etc.: What is the proper role of the government in the economy? What are the relationships between politics and economy? How do we balance competing interests of liberty and individualism with our obligations to each other as a community?
In other ways, the global economy today would be unrecognizable to earlier generations in academia, politics, and business – and so we need new ideas on how to approach those debates
The global economy emerged at the end of the Cold War in conjunction with the rise of the Age of Communications. The IT revolution, global trade, global migration, environmental questions, and new media clash with carbon-based energy politics, new and ancient identity questions, and increasing global and national inequalities – and now a rising tide of populism. What are the right questions we should be asking?
Autonomous Vehicles, AI, Gene Editing, and Space Economy – along with old-fashioned rivalries among great powers and challenges from rising powers. What do we know – and not know – about does today’s global political economy – and tomorrow’s?
Ask yourself, What is it I [that is, you] really want to know? Something we talked about in class, or something we didn’t. Ask that question – and try to find some answers
June 25 – What’s Next for Power and Money? Looking Ahead….
Each week we will consider one or more elements in the global political economy
We will consume a number of readings, videos, or other assignments. We’ll offer prompts to those – we’ll ask a couple of questions, and you’ll write thoughtful, coherent response to one or more of them. We’ll also reflect on each other’s essays – emulating, in some ways, what a dynamic classroom discussion might look like. We’ll do all this on this web site.
Additionally, we’ll look for global political economy in the news. Each week you’ll share a story that excites, bothers, or otherwise interests you. And we’ll offer comments on at least a couple of our classmate’s posts.
We’ll move fast and cover a lot of ground – hope you will join us!