Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies

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POL300ZA(政治学 / Politics 300)
Global Political Economy

Nathalie CAVASIN

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Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Year 2022
Class code A6371
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Term 春学期授業/Spring
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Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
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Grade 3~4
Credit(s) 2
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Outline and objectives

We will examine the structure of the contemporary global political economy. Students will be introduced to the theories, debates and paradigms using case studies to develop an understanding of the global political economy. Students will also debate on the new political economy landscape of the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on the global supply chain, on climate change and energy policy among others topics. Specific attention will be put on the role of China and its increased participation in the global political economies, the geopolitical situation in the world with Russia and also on the recent trends regarding India's new enthusiasm in the new globalization regime.


Students through the assignments that are based on currents events in the world (analysis with back-up from recent news) will be able to learn to express their opinions and develop their critical thinking skills.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

Each week, in addition to readings to be done, written assignments will be assigned. These written assignments are mandatory. Each student will also write a report every three weeks on a topic from the news in relation with the course contents topics. In addition, there will be an individual essay with presentation (topic to decided later with the supervision of the professor) a book review project to be written and a take-home assignment for the final assignment. Students will receive written feedback (eventually oral feedback and mini-discussion with the professor in class) by the professor.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No


授業形態/methods of teaching:対面/face to face


1[オンライン/online]:Introduction and Overview of the Course

Theories of global political economy (Chap. 1&2 of the Textbook)

2[対面/face to face]:Understanding the evolution of the world economy

Evolution of the world economy from the industrial revolution

3[対面/face to face]:Post-war global economy

The global economy: from 1945 to today (Chap.5)

4[対面/face to face]:International trade patterns

International trade (Chap.6)

5[対面/face to face]:- Transnational production systems
- Discussion on the impact of transnational corporations

Transnational production

6[対面/face to face]:How the global financial system operates
Decision on the topics for the essay-presentation project

The global financial system (Chap. 8)

7[対面/face to face]:- International Division of Labor
- Analyzing women in the world economy

The international division of labor (Chap.9)

8[対面/face to face]:Understanding the notion of development today

Economic development (Chap. 11)

9[対面/face to face]:Discussion and debate

Essay - Submission (group 1)

Gender (Chap. 10)

10[対面/face to face]:What are the most challenging environmental issues today in the world?
Essay-Presentation (group 1)
Essay - Submission (group 2)
Ideas on global political economies

Global environmental changes (Chap. 12)

11[対面/face to face]:Essay-Presentation (group 2)

Looking at the security in political economy

Essay - Submission (group 3)

Security (Chap. 14)

12[対面/face to face]:Essay-Presentation (group 3)

How the domestic and international politics determine
have an impact on the global economy is functioning
Essay - Submission (group 4)
Submission of the book review

Theoretical perspectives on global political economy (Chap. 13)

13[対面/face to face]:Essay-Presentation (group 4)

Mini-Oral presentation of the book review

Governing the global political economy I (Chap. 15)

14[対面/face to face]:Discussion on how the domestic and international politics determine have an impact on the global economy is functioning

Mini-Oral presentation of the book review

Submission of the last assignment (critical review of an academic paper)

Governing the global political economy II (Chap. 15)

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Be always ready by preparing the pages of the readings given in advance before coming to the next class. Additional homework will be assigned such as preparing an update with a current affair in the world related to the discussion/class contents. It is expected to read newspapers and news magazines several times a week. Students will need to update themselves with currents news to stay informed about key issues and debate both within Japan and in the world. Students should prepare the work for the essay and book review at the date defined in the course agenda table. Preparatory study and review time for this course are an average of 2 hours each week.


O’Brien R., and Williams M., Global political economy: evolution and dynamics, London, Red Globe Press, 2016.
Additional materials will be distributed in class by the professor.


Examples of on-line websites to access the news:
- The New York Times
- The Financial Times
- The Guardian
- The Economist
- Foreign Affairs
- The Wall Street Journal
- Time
- Nikkei Asia
- Foreign Policy

Grading criteria

Participation and attitude(15%)
Participation (news debriefing report and one news report presentation, book presentation) (20%)
Book Review (20%) (Submission on Class 13)
Essay (30%) (Submission from Class 9 to to 12(according to group number)
(Final: Written assignment- critical review of an academic paper) to be submitted during the class 14 (15%)

Changes following student comments


Equipment student needs to prepare

The professor may request that you use a computer, tablet or smartphone in order to access the Internet to prepare for the discussion or fact-check during the class. Otherwise such devices cannot be used.


Taking photos in class (the slides or notes on the board or in the class) is not allowed unless requested by Hosei University. Recording in class is not allowed.