Economic Systems of the World
TR 12:30-1:45pm, Foster 416
3:30-4:45pm, Foster 117
Gardner Office Hours/Location:
and by appointment,
- H. Stephen Gardner, Comparative Economic
Systems, manuscript (see links below).
- Charles A Kupchan, No One's World: The West, the Rising East, and the Coming Global Turn. Oxford University Press, 2012.
- Ruchir Sharma, Breakout Nations. W.W. Norton, 2013.
- Additional required readings may be posted on
this web site and/or
distributed in class.
- A collection of optional supplementary readings,
arranged by course topics, may
be found here.
- Baylor Library, Electronic
- Baylor Library, Online
- CIA, World Factbook
- European Bank for Reconstruction
and Development, Transition
- Heritage Foundation, Index of
- IMF, Regional
- IMF, World
- IMHE, Global Burden of Disease
- Johns Hopkins U., Comparative
Nonprofit Sector Project
- LIS Cross-National Data Center, web site
- New Economics Foundation, The Happy Planet
- OECD, Country Information
- OECD, Employment Outlook
- OECD, Statistics
- Peterson Institute for
International Economics, web
- Pew Research, Global Attitudes
- Transparency International, web site
- United Nations, World
Economic Situation and Prospects
- UNDP, Human Development Report
- U.S. Department of
- U.S. Department of
- VOX, Economic Policy Research
- World Bank, Country Pages
- World Bank, Doing Business
- World Bank, Global Economic Prospects
- World Bank, Statistical
- World Bank, World
- World Economic Forum, Global
The primary objectives of this course are
- Explore differences between economic institutions,
policy, and performance in countries around the world;
Provide information on the methods used to make
economic comparisons across countries -- historical and social analysis, statistical methods,
theoretical methods, and others; and
Encourage analysis and discussion of major
developments in the world economy, including the current policy debates
in the United States, difficulties with enlargement and
monetary unification of the
European Union, the continuing economic and social transitions of the
Communist countries, economic development strategies in poor countries,
and programs of economic integration in Europe, the Western
Semester grades will be based on your performance on three
examinations, each of which will include a combination of multiple
choice and essay questions. Class preparation, participation, and
completion of out-of-class assignments will also be taken into
account. See other important information under Attendance,
If you have a comparative advantage in research and writing, if
you are taking this course for some special purpose (honors credit,
area studies, etc.), or if you would like to explore a particular
topic in depth, you may write an optional research
paper and/or give a class presentation of a working paper from this list. In this case, the
grade for the course will be spread evenly across the examinations
and term paper and/ presentation. If you wish
to give a class presentation, you should send me your preferences
from the working paper list by January 19. If you wish to
write a research paper, turn in a topic statement and a preliminary
bibliography by February 7. The finished paper is due April 18. Guidelines
for writing the research paper may be found here.
Extra Credit: All of you will attend the session of the Global Business Forum that's held during our class time on March 16. You can gain extra credit by attending up to three additional sessions on March 15-16, and by writing brief summaries and responses to the sessions. Each of these reaction papers can add up to an additional point to your final course average.
See other important information about extra credit under Attendance, below.
Semester grade averages will be converted into letter grades according to the following scale: A 91-100;
F below 59.
- Generally, classes will begin and conclude in a
timely manner. Please make every effort to arrive on time and avoid
If you must leave early, please tell me before class begins. For more
information on this subject, see "Attendance" below.
- Please switch off cell phones before
- Please give your full attention during class.
Texting, e-mailing, web surfing, newspaper reading, and side
conversations are disrespectful and distracting.
- Our classes will be more interesting if we have
broad and lively discussions. Please participate, but avoid
monopolizing the discussion. Respect alternative points of view and
help me to "draw out" shy class members, some of whom may be insecure
about their fluency in English.
- With the exception of bottled water, we are not
allowed to have food or drinks in the Foster classrooms.
- For additional information on classroom conduct,
see corresponding section of the Student
- If you or someone you know would like help related to an experience of sexual violence including sexual assault, harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or other type of non-consensual sexual conduct, please contact Kristan Tucker, the Title IX Coordinator at Baylor University, by email (Kristan_Tucker@baylor.edu) or phone (254-710-8454)..
- All studednts are encouraged to complete the Title IX Online Course by February 1.
and Business School policies, students who miss over 25% of
class meetings (in
this case, 8 or more absences) will automatically fail the course. On
the other hand, three points will be added to your semester average
if you have perfect attendance; two points will be added if you have
one absence; one point will be added if you have two absences (for the
calculation of this extra credit, there are no excused
absences). If you arrive late for class, you will be
unless you have the roll changed before you leave the class.
II. Economic Systems
Feb 9 -- FIRST
EXAMINATION, TEXT CHAPTERS 1-5
III. The Western Hemisphere
IV. Western Europe and Middle East
MARCH 28 -- SECOND
EXAMINATION, TEXT CHAPTERS 6-13
V. Central Eurasia
VI. Asia and Africa
||Introduction to Asia--Gardner,
ch. 18 and Sharma, Ch. 9-- outline
Japan and S. Korea--Gardner,
ch. 19 & Sharma, Ch. 10-- outline
OPTIONAL TERM PAPERS DUE
||China and India--Gardner,
ch. 20; Sharma, Chs. 2 & 3; and Kupchan, pp. 58-60, 74-79, & 93-105-- outline
||Africa and Middle East--Gardner,
ch. 21; and Sharma, Ch. 8 and pp. 204-221-- outline
12:30pm class - Thursday, May 4, 9:00-11:00am
3:30PM class - Friday, May 5, 4:30-6:30PM