INTST 200 States & Capitalism: Origin/Modern Global System • 5 Cr.


Explores the origins, development, and impact of the modern state from the 10th to mid-20th century. Students analyze the political consequences of change under capitalist, socialist, or mixed economies.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe the core elements of the modern world system, including Westphalian sovereignty, colonialism and imperialism, globalization, etc.
  • Explain the historical processes that contributed to the emergence of the modern world system Articulate major tensions within the modern world system--for example, along ethnic, national, political, and cultural lines
  • Explain the growth, expansion, and various economic and political setĀ¬backs of the modern world system
  • Compare and contrast diverse viewpoints and articulate well-reasoned arguments regarding the modern world system
  • Explain the mechanisms by which Europe (and the Global North) came to dominate the modern world system--politically, economically, culturally, etc.
  • Critically evaluate the modern world system with an eye to its pros and cons, the winners and losers, etc.