POL S 270 A: Introduction to Political Economy

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 2:20pm - 5:00pm
SAV 136
Travis Nelson

Syllabus Description:

Summer 2019

POLS 270: Introduction to Political Economy

M-TH 2:20-5pm, SAV 136

5 Credits



Instructor: Travis Nelson

Office hrs: T/TH 5:00-6:00

Office: GWN 36



This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of Political Economy. The course will be broken into two components. The first component of the class focuses on some of the early thinkers in Political Economy, including Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes. The second component of the course will be focused on topics in Political Economy, including Rational Choice Theory, Game Theory, Trade, and Development. 


There is one book assigned for the class, The Worldly Philosophers by Robert Heilbroner. The rest of the readings will be provided as PDFs. The course grade will largely be based on a midterm exam and a final paper/presentation

Catalog Description: 
Political economy as a tool for understanding and evaluating the political world. Combines theory, methods, and insights derived from economics and political science and applies them to a range of substantive issues.
Department Requirements: 
International Relations Field
American Politics Field
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
April 5, 2020 - 9:05pm