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This course examines contemporary problems in political economy in the United States and across the developed world. 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. The goal of this course is to build upon theoretical debates encountered in POEC 250 as well as to prepare students for the public policy projects they will do in POEC 402.
Format: seminar; Weekly small-group meetings for first 5 weeks, followed by twice weekly meetings of the entire class up to Thanksgiving
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
one 8- to 10-page paper; one 12- to 15-page final policy paper; in-class group presentations; class participation
ECON 110 and 120; PSCI 201; PSCI 202, 203, or 204, or equivalent; POEC 253 or ECON 255 or equivalent, or permission of instructor; open to non-majors
Political Economy majors
required for the Political Economy major
GBST Economic Development Studies Electives
POEC Required Courses