When I returned to teaching POLI 244 (Intro to IR) after my sabbatical, the advent of youtube proved to be way too tempting. I ended up using way too many clips in my class. I have dialed it back some, but when a topic is as far outside of my comfort zone as International Political Economy is, then I over-indulge.
I started class the other day with this classic clip:
This scene from Mary Poppins made sense long before this particular economic crisis, as it illustrates how collective behavior can lead to suboptimal outcomes--that fears about bank failure can cause a panic, producing bank failure. This year, well, the joy of the "stability" of the British pound take on a special meaning with the Euro crisis revealing the wisdom of the Brits staying out of the Eurozone.
And then I was inspired to show the underwear gnome clip due to op-eds about solving the EU crisis through greater integration:
Alas, there may be lots of good policies to follow, but how to we get there from here?
Third, friends on FB had another clip that did a fair better job explaining the crisis than I ever could, so I showed this to my students:
Thus, the internet provided me with a heap of help this week. I will be on safer ground next week when it comes to Terrorism and Ethnic Conflict--far simpler stuff.