This course examines the politics of international economic relations. Government decision making in areas such as trade policy, exchange rates, and financial flows are influenced not only by economic factors, but also by political processes within and among countries. Only by systematically analyzing these political processes can we understand and explain the actual patterns of economic exchange that we observe—both today and throughout history. This course begins with a discussion of the analytical “lenses” through which we can view the global economy. It then examines the evolution of the global trade regime and the international monetary and financial system, economic globalization and its impact on production, development and environment.Along the way, we will discuss some “hot-button” issues in the global economy such as 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. 

This course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of political participation patterns both normatively and empirically. To do that, the course firstly reviews political participation from the viewpoint of democratic theory and citizenship theory. The second part of the course engages with factors affecting political participation by reviewing rational actor model, socio-economic status model, gender, age and ethnicity. Institutional designs are also studied to understand the effect of different electoral systems. By the end of this course, students will have a strong understanding of major factors and outcomes of political participation as well as normative standpoints on who should participate and how.