Syllabus PolEconUSFP Sp08

Syllabus PolEconUSFP Sp08 - Ellen Cutrone...

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Ellen Cutrone Ecutron1@binghamton.edu Office: G264 Office Hours: Thursday 2:30-4:00 PLSC 486Z: The Political Economy of US Foreign Policy TR: 4:25-5:50 TU 219 This course focuses on foreign aid, foreign direct investment and trade as both foreign policy tools and foreign policy outcomes. The interplay between these aspects of political economy and US foreign policy has important substantive implications. Why do aid, investment and trade flow to the states they do? Do these flows have an effect on other US foreign policy decisions? This course examines the WWII period to discern trends and employs theory to provide explanations for these questions. Course Materials: Required: Gleijeses, Piero. 1991. Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States, 1944-1954. New Jersey: Princeton University Press. Case studies: 16 case studies. www.guisd.org Paper: 48.00 Pdf: 40.50 Available in one week: Recommended: Hiscox, Michael J. 2002. International Trade and Political Conflict: Commerce Coalitions, and Mobility . New Jersey: Princeton University Press. Selected Chapters Required: Hogan, Michael J. 1998. A Cross of Iron: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State, 1945-1954. Hogan, Michael J. 1987. The Marshall Plan: America, Britain and the Reconstruction of Western Europe, 1947-1952 . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Course Requirements: Participation: 30% 2 Critical Reviews: 30% Final Paper: 40% Participation : As this is a seminar, active involvement in class discussions is essential. This requires having finished the readings prior to coming to class. Pop quizzes based on the required reading will be given if active participation does not occur. These quizzes will count towards participation. Obviously, participation also implies attendance.
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Critical Reviews : Two critical reviews are due. Each is worth 15% of the final class grade. At least one must be handed in by March 20 th . Both must be done by April 24 th . All work for this class must be submitted on BlackBoard to Turnitin prior to handing in the assignment in class. Critical reviews should provide thoughtful analysis on the readings assigned for the class they are handed in. (While you can certainly incorporate ideas from previous classes and assigned articles, your critical review cannot be primarily based on material already covered). In these papers, it is important to make an argument of your own. This implies not only a discussion of what the author said, but also the strengths and weaknesses of the author’s theories or research designs. The best critical reviews will also offer ways to improve upon these theories or research designs, discussions of the implications of the readings, or areas for future research. These critical reviews should not be summaries or literature reviews!!! Their purpose is not only to require you to synthesize and think meaningfully about the material, but also to give you ideas for your final paper. **As discussed in class, you can submit a third critical review if you receive a grade of C or
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