POLSCI 498 - Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics
Section: 001 Finance, Debt, and Investment in a Globalized World
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Senior standing; primarily for seniors concentrating in Political Science.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Debt and credit have been part of commercial and political life for over 5000 years. Allowing governments, firms, and consumers access to credit is all but essential to economic growth. At the same time, debt can be dangerous and controversial, as underlined by recent crises in Europe, in the American mortgage market, in the accumulation of student loans, and elsewhere. This course will explore the politics of debt. We will ask and answer questions relating to the creation and maintenance of well functioning debt markets, as well as debt's role in shaping national political economies and interstate relations. Some of these questions include: Why are some governments able to borrow and others not? Why are some governments able (and/or willing) to establish well-functioning corporate and consumer debt markets, but others not? Why do debt crises happen, and what are the political implications? What roles do international financial institutions such as the IMF play? The readings will draw primarily from works in political science, economics and history.

This course is in the World Politics subfield.

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POLSCI 498 - Undergraduate Seminar in International Politics
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Meets with INTLSTD 486.
002 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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