Intro to Political Economy
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: ULEC 2230
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus, Paris campus
Permission Required: No
  • Economics
  • Social Sciences
This introductory course provides an overview of the history, theories, and institutions of the contemporary world economy. The focus will be on the globalization of the real economy -- production and labor -- and finance. Underpinning these concepts are the frameworks of supply and demand, how companies behave, and how governments try to regulate them. This course aims to develop an analysis of the current economic crisis, and will include discussion of variations in capitalist economies and an overview of the institutions and dynamics of growth in the post-W.W. II period: their breakdown in the 1960s; the spread of international crisis in the 1970s; and the rise of neoliberalism as a response and the crises of various neoliberal strategies that ensued in the 1980s to the present. Subjects will include austerity and debates about debt levels and debates about immigration and international banking regulation. The course will be built around case studies and student projects, but will also involve a survey of fundamental principles of economics. The goal is economic literacy, as upon completion of the course, students will be able to read the newspaper, government reports, and some economic articles, and interpret the events with regard to the goals of sustainable and equitable growth, and will be able to write and speak intelligently on economics issues using statistics. This course satisfies the economics requirements for Global Studies, Lang Economics and the Parson BBA degree.
Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Paris students.