LAS 355 • COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC SYSTEMS-W
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Overview of course: We shall examine fundamental structural features of Eurocapitalist economies and the European Union, the Japanese economy (briefly), the centrally planned economies represented by Cuba, the former centrally planned economies of Central and Eastern Europe and China, and India, as a representative of newly industrialized countries, to understand how these features condition the functioning of the respective systems and, in some instances, how they may challenge our conventional assumptions about what fosters efficiency.
Website for class: Blackboard: http://courses.utexas.edu Be sure to check Blackboard from time to time for announcements, changes in the schedule, and, especially, supplementary reading materials. Both the CREEES and the European Studies Program sponsor talks, symposia, and suchlike that may be relevant (albeit in varying degree), and there are ordinarily some showings of films of possible interest. I'll circulate announcements of these events as information becomes available.
Each student will prepare a paper of four pages, double-spaced, analysis on each of four topics to be assigned during the term. These will count for 64% of the grade, assuming consistent attendance and active, and constructive, participation in class discussions. The final examination will count for 36% of the grade.
David Kennett, A New View of Comparative Economics (2004) World Bank, Transition: the First Ten Years (2002) The Wall Street Journal will be available at a reduced rate, so you are urged to read it, or a suitable substitute (such as the Financial Times) regularly to keep up with relevant current developments. Fairly often we shall discuss these in class to illustrate particular points in comparative systems analysis. Additional materials will be provided on the Blackboard or as handouts, or put on reserve in PCL