Advanced Seminar in Political Economy
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Through the disciplinary lenses of political economy, feminist theory, and cultural studies, this program invites students to continue their studies on how global capitalism continues to transform our world materially, socially, and ecologically.
We will examine new theoretical frameworks in political economy such as global capitalism and financialization, Modern Monetary Theory, social reproduction theory, the capitalocene and world-ecology. We will re-visit classical texts in Marxian, Sraffian and feminist theory and racial capitalism. We will explore strategies for societal transformation and contemporary social movements such as those advocating for the Green New Deal and the Platform for Black Lives. We will assess specific policy debates such as those on universal basic income versus guaranteed full employment, on automation and work, and on borders. Our work will entail developing an understanding of policies that attempt to address the critiques of capitalism as well as exploring alternatives to capitalism. To this end, we will examine the strengths and limitations of social democracy in the context of global Keynesianism as compared to democratic or participatory socialism in the global south and global north.
This program will require close, careful reading, and well-developed writing skills. Our work will be conducted at an upper-division level. We will invite students to lead discussion on specific topics and class will often be held in a seminar format. We expect students to have significant experience in close analytical reading, critical thinking, and research writing.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
political economy, community-based organizations, advocacy, public policy, law and legal rights, education, alternative justice systems, graduate school in social science, history, law, geography, and political economy
Credits per quarter
- No Required Online Learning - No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional.
$220 for Spring quarter
Class Size: 50
Scheduled for: Day
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 10:00 am
Located in: Olympia