Course Offerings | Political Economy

Division of Social Studies

Lori Hartmann-Mahmud (chair), Robert Brownlee, William Garriott, Nayef Samhat, Daniel Stroup, Steven Winrich

No major is offered in this program. The program in political economy has four main goals: 1) to provide an understanding of various ideologies and methodologies, and how they are embodied in political and economic institutions; 2) to provide insight into the processes and accompanying institutions in which the political economy is organized both domestically and globally; 3) to develop a set of conceptual tools for analyzing political and economic processes and institutions; 4) to build a foundation for reaching informed judgements on issues of public policy.

Requirements for the Minor

ECO 110, GOV 110;
ECO 370;
ECO 210 or 220;
GOV 210 or 260;
One of ECO 310, 320, 360, 415, and topics courses approved by the program;
One of GOV 320, 332, 340, 341, 342, 343, 351 and topics courses approved by the program;
One of PEC 450-459 (a seminar in political economy).

Political Economy Courses

PEC 450 Political Economy Seminar
A consideration of political economic thought, practices, and institutions, and their effects on the making of public policy. Special attention is paid to the interaction of changing ideas about the proper balance between politics and economics. Prerequisite: ECO 370.

PEC 451 International Political Economy
An introduction to the concepts, theory, and policy of international political economy. The course discusses the traditional perspectives, alternative views, and primary issues of the contemporary international political economy including money, trade, development, and transnational corporations. (Also listed as GOV 370.)

PEC 452 Political Economy of Development
An examination of leading theories of political economy and how they apply to challenges facing developing countries. Focus is on the specific challenge of the debt crisis and the various strategies for mitigating it (e.g., IMF and World Bank – sponsored structural adjustment programs, national level approaches, proposals for debt relief, etc.). Finally, the course examines how individuals are affected by the debt crisis in developing countries. Prerequisite: GOV 110 or permission of instructor. (Also listed as GOV 371.)