Economic Systems of the World
TR 2:00-3:15pm, Foster 123
Gardner Office Hours/Location:
and by appointment,
- H. Stephen Gardner, Comparative Economic
Systems, manuscript (see links below).
- Ruchir Sharma, The Rise and Fall of Nations. W.W. Norton, 2016.
- 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.
- Allianz, Global Wealth Report
- Baylor Library, Electronic
- Baylor Library, Online
- clio infra, Global Social History Data
- European Bank for Reconstruction
and Development, Transition
- European Union, Global Health
- 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, Statistics
- Peterson Institute for
International Economics, web
- Pew Research, Global Attitudes
- Transparency International, web site
- United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals Report, 2017
- United Nations, World
Economic Situation and Prospects
- UNCTAD, Trade and Development Report, 2017
Human Development Report
- 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
- World Health Organization, Country Statistics
- World Health Organization, World Health Statistics
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,
Optional Term Paper: 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 18. If you wish to
write a research paper, turn in a topic statement and a preliminary
bibliography by February 6. The finished paper is due April 19. Guidelines
for writing the research paper may be found here.
Optional Video Production: Another skill that is growing more valuable and accessible is video production. If you would like have an opportunity to use and strengthen your skills in this area, you can produce a 5-10 minute video that explores a topic or concept from this course in an engaging way, and present it as an optional course assignment. In this case, the
grade for the course will be spread evenly across the examinations
and your grade on the video. If you wish to
pursue this option, turn in a topic statement and a preliminary
bibliography by February 6. The finished video is due April 19, and should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo, and a link should be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Guidelines for production and evaluation of the video 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 15. 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, and side
conversations are disrespectful and distracting. If we have problems of this kind, I will be forced to outlaw all computer use during our classes.
- 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
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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
ch. 3 --- outline
|| Capitalism -- concluded
ch. 4 --- outline
-- Kelly Kate Evans presentation on "The Moral Underpinnings of Economic Systems"
ch. 5 and Sharma, Chapters 4 & 5-- outline
OPTIONAL TERM PAPER & VIDEO TOPICS AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES DUE
Feb 13 -- FIRST
EXAMINATION, TEXT CHAPTERS 1-5
III. The Western Hemisphere
IV. Western Europe and Middle East
MARCH 27 -- SECOND
EXAMINATION, TEXT CHAPTERS 6-13
V. Central Eurasia
VI. Asia and Africa
Thursday, May 3, 9:00-11:00am