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This program is designed for students who are interested in critically studying economics beyond the introductory level. We will complete the equivalent of textbook intermediate microeconomics while critically assessing the boundaries of its usefulness and its ideological role in legitimating market solutions to complex social problems.
We will survey two additional schools of economic thought: Marxist political economy and institutional economics. Our goal is not to choose the "right" school of thought. Instead, we will be guided by the belief that complex and diverse questions require diverse tools; no one school of thought will be sufficient. In the process, we will learn to be self-critical scholars, always asking of each approach: What does it illuminate and what does it obfuscate?
In seminar, we will emphasize the close reading of challenging texts by authors such as Thorstein Veblen, Jonathan Nitzan, Shimshon Bichler, Stephen Resnick, Richard Wolff, Deirdre McCloskey, Nancy Folbre, and Costas Lapavitsas. Program activities will include lectures, workshops, exams, short papers, and seminar.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
economics, political economy, history, public administration, and business.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia