CPOL 510: Power and Money: Topics in Global Political Economy
May 14 – Introduction to Power and Money and to Online Learning
This first week we introduce a couple of things: questions about online learning, and some background on global political economy.
You saw the first video from Charli Carpenter on our course’s main page – a look at how social media has changed the way we study international politics. This video is now several years old – what has changed since she first shared this?
The second video is two professors (including me) and two online students, investigating what online students want. You can watch the video, or instead you can just read the article in EduCause and the PowerPoint that come from the video.
The third video is part of a conference on online learning. It has me(again – sorry!) for five minutes talking about an online learning method called MOOCs – massive open online courses. These are online courses with thousands of students – we only have 8 or 10 in our class. If you click here it will take you to the five minutes I want you to watch – you don’t have to watch the whole hour.
Power and Money: A few things to get us started
We’ll be doing formal studies of Keynes and Hayek, globalization, and other things. But we’ll start here, with just a couple of introductory ideas.
The first item is a collection of graphics from the Washington Post, snapshots about global politics and global political economy today (in 2014, actually – can you see any changes since then?)
The second item is a reading from Foreign Affairs from 1983: Albert Bressand, Mastering the Wold Economy. It asks a number of important questions about the global economy right before the end of the Cold War – even though we don’t know it’s almost the end of the Cold War. I think you will find the similarities to recent and current questions interesting. If you can’r read it online, you can find it on Blackboard > Readings.
The third item – items, really – is two videos from the recent immigration surges across Europe. There are many amazing videos, but here are two good short ones: one on a boat from Turkey to Greece,
the other on migrants who have made it to France and are trying to get to the UK.
Finally, we need to look at the political economy forces that seem to be driving the global and local political changes around the world, often called “populism” as short-hand. We’ll look into this (and all the topics above) more closely , but this is a useful introduction. Read or listen to this discussion
In future weeks, you will be asked to answer specific prompts at the bottom of the week’s page, and then to respond to some of your classmates responses. This week, only the first part. Please answer each of these, at the bottom of this page. You can use your real name, or a nom de plume – but you need to tell me by email if you use a pen name.
In future weeks, readings will be delivered to you early in the week and you will have responses due twice – your own essays one day and your response to your classmates’ essays a couple days later. For this week only, you should have these essays completed by Sunday night, May 19.
You’ll want to look at this advice first: what makes a good post
1 – What was interesting to you from the Charli Carpenter video or other online learning items – what struck you as important, surprising, wrong, or something else? Approx 200-250 words
2 – What was interesting to you from the introductory items on global political economy? You might answer any of these questions and/or write about something else: which Washington Post graphics were especially interesting and why? Bressand’s 1983 “worldeconomy” is just rich with things to consider – which elements struck you as most interesting or important? The immigration videos remind us that global political economy isn’t about theories or calculus but about people. What narratives impacted you? And on populism – the return of an old idea to today’s global political economy – what do you hear that’s interesting or important (or something else) in this discussion? Approx 400-500 words