Political Economy, Global Studies, and Environmental Justice

Investigate the causes of economic, social, and environmental inequality. Examine leading economic orthodoxies. Study the history of social movements for change. Develop a historically-grounded global perspective. Envision alternative economic systems and a healthy planetary ecology.

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Note: You can join or leave a Path of Study at any time and your credits will always count toward your Bachelor’s degree.

About The Political Economy, Global Studies, and Environmental Justice Path

Political economists explore the ways in which people and societies manage resources, including systems of distribution and sharing. These systems vary according to historical trends in imperialism and colonialism; race, class, and gender; and economic inequality and globalism. In exploring capitalism and its environmental contexts, you’ll be better equipped to understand our current economic and ecological crises, and envision alternatives for the future.

  • Examine the material, cultural, and ecological transformation of the world by global economic systems
  • Investigate how global ecology has itself shaped the development of capitalism
  • Uncover the connections between global economies and the rise of social classes and social movements

In this Path, you will gain insights and develop analytical abilities that will prepare you for graduate school and professional work in economics, politics, environmental work, community development, and other areas.

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Foundational programs

Foundational programs in thePolitical Economy, Global Studies, and Environmental Justice Path teach general skills such as economic literacy, critical thinking in the social sciences, interdisciplinary thinking, library research, critical reading of texts, and group collaboration. Recurring themes include the study of power and inequality, exploitation, social movements, reform and fundamental change, as well as resistance to systems of oppression. Foundational programs are taught every year.

Foundational Programs for 2019–20
Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020
Political Economy and Social Movements
 
South Asia: Environment and Development
 
Foundational Programs for 2020–21
Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021
Introduction to Environmental Studies
 
Foundational Programs for 2021–22
Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022
Political Economy
Political Economy and Climate Justice
 
Foundational Programs for 2022–23
Fall 2022 Winter 2023 Spring 2023
Political Economy and Social Movements
 
Global Studies: Plants and Empire
  
Foundational Programs for 2023–24
Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024
Environmental Justice
  

Advanced programs

Advanced programs in thePolitical Economy,Global Studies, andEnvironmental Justice Path typically offer the following:

  • Develop a research plan and carry out that research
  • Understand micro– and macroeconomics
  • Explore the differences between federal, state, and local economic policies
  • Study the intersections of race, class, and gender in connection to income inequalities
  • Examine the connections between national economies
  • Discover the interrelationships between people and the environment

Advanced work in this area may also include a capstone project, individual learning contracts, or internships.

Advanced Programs for 2019–20
Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020
 
Plants and People
Intermediate Macroeconomics
  
Advanced Political Economy (Bohmer)
Advanced Programs for 2020–21
Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021
 
Botany: Plants and People
 
Advanced Programs for 2021–22
Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022
 
Botany: Plants and People
Political Ecology: Politics of Nature
  
SOS: Advanced Political Economy
Advanced Programs for 2022–23
Fall 2022 Winter 2023 Spring 2023
 
Botany: Plants and People
Readings in Advanced Political Economy
  
Political Ecology: Politics of Nature