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Introduction to International Political Economy - JTB133
Anglický název: Introduction to International Political Economy
Zajišťuje: Katedra severoamerických studií (23-KAS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2022
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: 20 / neurčen (20)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D.
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Prerekvizity : {Skupina prerekvizit pro BP_HAS - 2. ročník}
Ve slož. prerekvizitě: JTB122, JTB123, JTB124, JTB125, JTB126, JTB127, JTB128, JTB129
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (23.02.2021)
A rapidly changing global economic and political system is a reality that our society is embedded in. The students of international area studies should understand the processes of globalization. The economic interests and political power of the actors that constitute the international system - sovereign national governments, multinational corporations, financial institutions, international organizations, and civil society - are crucial components to be examined in this course. After first introductory classes focusing on conceptual and empirical foundations of the current trade, monetary and financial systems, lectures and discussions will follow up on economic, political, and social issues raised by deepening globalization - its impact on inequality, poverty, environment, resources, and food. The course heavily focuses on analyzing current debates. We do not advise taking this course as a first-year student.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Jiří Vykoukal, CSc. (13.06.2019)

The objective of the course is to:

- Analyze and discuss the major problems facing the world today (including problems related to the economic development, trade)

- Develop a solid understanding of the foundations of international political economy (with special focus on major founding institutions)

- Assess the causes and consequences of accelerated globalization

- Assess the policies and practices of multinational corporations raegarding ethics, social responsibility and the environment;

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (28.03.2023)

1. In-class activity 20%

The students will be required to read and prepare mandatory texts assigned for each class and abstract/conclusion of  articles presented by their colleagues. Both, the mandatory texts and presentation articles will be developed and discussed during the classes. You are allowed maximum of two uncertified absences.

2. Individual/Pair presentation of an assigned article 20%

Each student will be responsible for oral presentation of one assigned article. After a short presentation of key concepts and conclusions of the artile, the student will be responsible for leading a short class discussion on this issue.  Total length of each presentation is maximum 10 minutes: oral presentation 5 minutes, questions and discussion 5 minutes.

3. Midterm Sit-in Essay 30%

Write an essay of 3-4 pages in length (1800 characters per page including spaces without references ) that discusses one of two provided topics which will be communicated via email and Moodle on April 29, 2023. The essay counts for 30 percent of your final grade. To pass the course, you should get at least 50%. essay, it is expected to be submitted here in Moodle by midnight on April 5, 2023.  Please note that for each day of delay beyond the due date, there will be a penalty of 10% deducted from the grade.

Quality of Thesis paragraph (10%):Make sure your paper is streamlined with powerful and thoughtful thesis statement (it's not simply a topic). And that your paragraph smoothly introduces the reader to the structure of your essay.

Quality of Conclusion (10%):       The conclusion synthesizes and brings closure and examines it from the new perspectives or questions.

Quality of organization of your essay (20%):Organization of paper as a whole is logical and quickly apparent. Connections among paragraphs are clearly articulated. Transitions between paragraphs are smooth.
Every paragraph makes one distinct and coherent point, expressed in a clear topic sentence; the parts of each paragraph connect logically and persuasively, and internal transitions are smooth.

Quality of evidence you provide (30%): Evidence used to support the central point is rich, detailed and well chosen. Evidence sections employ appropriate quotations. The connection between argument and evidence is clearly and compellingly articulated in all cases.  Important opposing evidence (i.e. evidence that might seem to contradict your argument) is considered and convincingly refuted.

Quality of analysis (20%): Essay sophisticatedly represents the authors’ arguments, evidence and conclusions accurately, fairly and eloquently. Demonstrates a firm understanding of the implications of the author’s arguments. It is originally stated and presented. 

Quality of language (10%):Make sure your writing is readable, please proof-read before you submit the essay.

4. Mini-tests or Final exam 30%. 

Regularly, we will start the class with a mini-test verifying your understading of mandatory readings and knowledge from the previous class. The sum of scores from those mini-tests, if it exceeds a minimum limit of 50%, can be counted as a final exam score. At the end of  semestr you will see if you need to sit the final exam or you have collected enough points to pass the exam.

The final examination counts for 30 percent of your final course grade. To pass the course, you should get a minimum 50% (50 points).



A - 100-91%

B - 90-81%

C - 80-71%

D - 70-61%

E - 60-51%

F - Failed 50% and less

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Barbora Navrátilová (01.02.2021)

NOTE: All texts available in this syllabus are for the use in this course only. They are protected by the copyright and must not be further distributed.

Mandatory readings are available online for each class.

Recommended books:

John Ravenhill (ed.). Global Political Economy (Oxford 2016).

Jeffry Frieden, David Lake, and J. Lawrence Broz (eds.), International Political Economy: Perspectives on Global Power and Wealth(W.W. Norton, 6thedition, 2017).

Joseph Stiglitz, Making Globalization Work (New York : W.W. Norton, 2006).

Nicolas Stern, Why Are We Waiting: The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change (2015, Mit Press)

Cohen, Benjamin J., International Political Economy: An Intellectual History, Princeton University Press, 2008.

Eichengreen, Garry. Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System, 2nd ed., Princeton University Press, 2008.

Eichengreen, B. The European Economy since 1945. Princeton. 2007.

Findlay, Christopher. Free trade agreements in the Asia Pacific, 2010.

Findlay, Ronald and Kevin H. ORourke, Power and Plenty: Trade, War, and the World Economy in the Second Millennium, Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, 2007.

Gilpin, Robert. Global Political Economy. Princeton, NJ: PrincetonUniversity Press. 2001.

Hoekman, Bernard M. and Michel M. Kostecki, The Political Economy of the World Trading System: The WTO and Beyond, 2nd ed., New York, Oxford University Press, 2001.

Maddison, Angus. The world economy. Paris: Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2006.

Milanovic, Branko.World apart, measuring international and global inequality, Princeton Universtiy Press, 2005.

Oatley, Thomas. Debates in International Political Economy. New York: Longman, 2009.

Rodrik, Dani. The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy, 2012.

Singer, Peter, One World: The Ethics of Globalization, 2nd ed., Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2002.

Stern, Nicholas. The Global Deal, Public Affairs, USA, 2009.

In Czech:

Krpec, O., Hodulák, Vladan. Politická ekonomie mezinárodních vztahů, Brno: Mezinárodní politologický ústav, 2011.

Krpec, O. a Pšeja, P. Mezinárodní politická ekonomie. Brno: Mezinárodní politologický ústav, 2006.

Jeníček V., Foltýn J.. Globální problémy světa v ekonomických souvislostech. Praha: C.H. Beck. 2010.

Kubišta, V. a kol.: Mezinárodní ekonomické vztahy, Plzeň: Vydavatelství a nakladatelství Aleš Čeněk, 2009.

Rolný, I. a L. Lacina. Globalizace, etika, ekonomika. 2. vyd. Věrovany: Jan Piszkiewizc, 2004.

Academic Journals and Newspapers:

The Economist, The New York Times a International Organization a European Review of Economic History


Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Ing. Magdalena Fiřtová, Ph.D. (10.02.2023)

Mandatory and recommended readings are available in the Moodle system, "Introduction to International Political Economy", http://dl1.cuni.cz/course/view.php?id=3416, you have to enroll with your SIS login.

  • 14.2. Introduction to the course
  • 21.2.The establishment of the post-war institutional system
  • 28.2. International Monetary System 

  • 7.3. International Organizations

  • 14.3. International Trade System

  • 21.3. Regional Trade Agreements

  • 28.3. Multinational corporations

  • 4.4. Economic development: poverty and inequality?

    11.4. Sit-in midterm essay
  • 18.4. Oil and the Resource Curse - guest lecture by M. Jirušek
  • 25.4. IPE of Food Politics
  • 2.5. IPE of Climate Change
  • 9.5. Catch-up session (if necessary)





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