ECON 299
Economic Liberalism and Its Critics Fall 2009
Division II
Cross-listed ECON 299 / PSCI 238 / POEC 250
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Economic liberalism holds that, society is better off if people enjoy economic freedom. Its critics point to what they believe this position ignores or what it wrongly assumes, and hence, how it would make bad policy. This course explores the relationship between politics and economics by surveying influential works of political economy. Its first part examines major thinkers in relation to the historical development of capitalism in Western Europe and the United States: the classical liberalism of Adam Smith, Karl Marx’s revolutionary socialism, and the reformist ideas of John Stuart Mill, R. H. Tawney, and John Maynard Keynes. The second part considers more recent writings that revise and critique liberalism from a variety of perspectives. The historical focus of the course permits you to appreciate the ongoing dialogue between classical and contemporary views of political economy, while classroom discussion involves frequent reference to current public policy issues.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 35
Expected: 32
Class#: 1139
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: eight 2-page papers and a final exam
Prerequisites: one course in Economics and either Political Science 201 or 203 or AP credit in American Politics (or permission of instructor); open to non-majors
Enrollment Preferences: Political Economy majors and sophomores intending a Political Economy major
Unit Notes: formerly POEC 301
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ECON 299 Division II PSCI 238 Division II POEC 250 Division II
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
POEC Required Courses

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