Summer 2022 - POL 447 D100

Theories of Global Political Economy (4)

Class Number: 3852

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 2104, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 10, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    WMC 3510, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Eight upper division units in political science or permission of the department.



An examination of the major theories of international political economy, and their application to such issues as the politics of trade, aid, monetary relations, and transnational corporations.



This course is designed to introduce advanced undergraduate and graduate students to classic theoretical perspectives in global political economy, including their underlying logic and assumptions; the history of their development; their strengths and weaknesses; and some practice in applying them to ongoing issues, including trade, finance, and development. Through the course, students have the opportunity to examine the politics behind economic structures and decision-making, and thereby to understand factors that constrain and guide policy decisions and opportunities for members of society, from the levels of taxation to future employment opportunities. The policy analysis tools that students develop are analytical, written, and oral, and will serve them in a wide variety of future professional and academic situations.

Course Organization:

This is a four hour seminar each week.

This course is combined with POL 844 G100


  • participation 15%
  • weekly quizzes based upon the readings 15%
  • reflection paper, 7-10 pages, 20% (Grad students, 2 essays, 10%/essay); undergrads can split the grade between 2 essays if they wish 20%
  • mid-term exam 25%
  • final exam 25%



All additional material is available on Canvas under files, including a study guide designed to help you prepare for the exams.


Theodore H. Cohn and Anil Hira, Global Political Economy: Theory and Practice, 8th ed. NY: Routledge, available at the SFU bookstore.

ISBN: 9780367512507

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction.  Some courses may be offered through alternative methods (remote, online, blended), and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. 

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the summer 2022 term.