International Political Economy

May 2005

If you missed grade school and just wanted to go back for a minute, now you can do it for a whole semester here at Columbia at Prof Hoopes class. "Who can tell me what an export is" or "what is a union" are common questions in the class and Prof Hoopes is especially good at praising opinions no matter how irrelevant unimportant or dumb they are. For the entire 2005 spring semester two extremely annoying republicans in love with their voices succesfully highjacked the class and without a single drop of evidence went on for hours preaching without an interuption or a single comment from the professor about what the hell they were talking about. This is not to say republicans shouldnt be allowed to speak but come on if a student is talking nonesense a good professor shouldnt encourage it. The reading and one of the TAs were the only good things in a class that with another professor would probably be one of the best ones you could ever take.

Jan 2003

OK so here's the lowdown on this class. IPE is NOT for non-majors. There is a ton of reading that you cant skimp on. The readings are all incredibly interesting by the way. You can skim some of them to get by, but must read the more important ones thoroughly, and to get an A you need to read a good percent of it (or split the readings among friends and explain the arguments!). Cooley does a great job of outlining the course and each lecture. Be wary though, of Cooley's tragic flaw: he gives his opinions as if they are facts. You must keep in mind that he does not know everything, although he talks as if he does. Even so, he's a good prof. He likes his voice too much as well--has trouble listening to students. Is very critical (was not at all helpful outside of class), but I liked him, and loved the class (and got an A to boot). I highly recommend this class to a Poly Sci major willing to work, and intelligent enough not to take Cooley's views as God's.