Intro to Political Economy

University Curriculum: University Curriculum

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Intro to Political Economy
Spring 2024
Taught By: Clara Mattei
Section: L

CRN: 9670

Credits: 0

This course offers a critical introduction to the central ideas used by Political Economists to understand the structure, social meaning, and historical development of capitalist economies. Lectures draw on competing traditions in Political Economy to provide a critical appreciation of the defining socio-economic relationships of capitalism, including wages, productivity, profits, inequality, prices, entrepreneurship, markets, capitalism, growth, crises, recessions, socialism, etc. While these discussions necessarily involve economic theory, the overall emphasis is on how an analytically diverse understanding of these relationships can open up unique, critical perspectives into the problems of contemporary capitalism. The course will thus prepare students for well-grounded, critical engagement with debates about income distribution, financial crises and recessions, fiscal austerity, globalization, the role of finance in contemporary economies, and on the long-term future of capitalism. The course will also introduce students to current discussions on the usefulness and limitations of contemporary Economics. **Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.**

This course satisfies the economics requirements for Lang Economics and the Parsons BBA degree. It is also a requirement for the Capitalism Studies minor.
[This ULEC is in category 2, Introductions to Social Research.]

College: University Curriculum (UL)

Department: University Curriculum (UNIV)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 200

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:10am EST 12/2/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 10:15am - 11:30am
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 100
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024