POL S 409 A: Undergraduate Seminar In Political Economy

Meeting Time: 
MW 10:30am - 12:20pm
Location: 
MEB 102
SLN: 
18660
Joint Sections: 
ECON 409 A
Instructor:
Christopher Adolph

Syllabus Description:

We consider contemporary comparative political economy and macroeconomics through the lens of the past decade, in which advanced industrial economies experienced massive technological change, speculative bubbles, financial crisis, unrelenting recession, widening inequality, and the return of early 20th century debates on the appropriate role of government in managing the business cycle. Through discussion and papers on a mixture of popular and academic readings, we tackle three key questions: What happened during the financial crisis, what political economic changes followed in its wake, and what's next?  Student evaluation will be based on participation in class discussions, a small number of short reaction papers based on course readings, and a final paper of 10 to 12 pages.

Additional Details:

We consider contemporary comparative political economy and macroeconomics through the lens of the past decade, in which advanced industrial economies experienced massive technological change, speculative bubbles, financial crisis, unrelenting recession, widening inequality, and the return of early 20th century debates on the appropriate role of government in managing the business cycle. Through discussion and papers on a mixture of popular and academic readings, we tackle three key questions: What happened during the financial crisis, what political economic changes followed in its wake, and what's next?  Student evaluation will be based on participation in class discussions, a small number of short reaction papers based on course readings, and a final paper of 10 to 12 pages.

Catalog Description: 
Seminar in political economy with focus on Marxian and public choice approaches to political economy. Explores the questions raised by each approach, the assumption(s) and testability of hypotheses, and applies these approaches to a number of problems in political economy. Offered: jointly with ECON 409.
Department Requirements: 
Political Economy Option
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
November 14, 2017 - 9:25pm