POEC 401 Fall 2014 Contemporary Problems in Political Economy

This course examines contemporary problems in political economy at and across diverse spatial scales. Using both Economics and Political Science methods of analysis, students study the exercise of power and the accumulation of wealth in the world today as well as central public policy debates around those processes. We begin with a discussion of the philosophical foundations of economic policymaking. Then we move through three course sections organized around contemporary problems at three distinct scales: the United States political economy, comparative political economy with an emphasis on the advanced capitalist countries, and the global political economy. We end by taking issues usually studied at a single scale and exploring their innate interconnections through an integrated political-economic and public policy analysis of immigration. The goal of this course is both to build upon theoretical debates encountered in POEC 250 as well as to prepare students for the public policy analysis they will do in POEC 402.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two 8- to 10-page papers; one 12- to 15-page paper, rewrite; three short data analysis projects; in-class group presentations; class participation
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Prerequisites: ECON 110 and 120; PSCI 201 or 203, or equivalent; PSCI 202 or 204, or equivalent; open to non-majors
Enrollment Preference: Political Economy majors
Department Notes: required in the Political Economy major
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: INST Economic Development Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1888
POEC 401 - 01 (F) SEM Contemp Problms in Pol Economy Division 2: Social Studies Darel E. Paul
, David J. Zimmerman
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Hopkins Hall 105 1888
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