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2017 Seminar IB/IIB/ⅢB(E)

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: R Westra
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Course Type:
Semester: Spring
Year: 2&3&4
Course Periods: Fri 16:30-18:00
Credits: 2
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Classroom:

905 / GSL Bldg.

Outline of Lecture Course

This class introduces students to the foundational ideas of political economy. Students will learn that many of the original thinkers of the bourgeois liberal tradition were not only political thinkers but political economists who saw their arguments about things like freedom and government as intimately linked to questions of political economy such as property rights, workings of the market, rights to the fruits of ones labor and the ultimate source of social wealth.

Course Objectives The class revolves around select readings in political economy for students to discuss. During the class students will have the opportunity to make short presentations based on the political economy readings. Students are encouraged to think critically about the political economy as a social science discipline. They are also encouraged to choose among different perspectives of political economy in terms of their contribution to our understanding of the modern world.
Textbooks Readings on early political economists like Adam Smith, David Ricardo and Karl Marx will be drawn from various online sources.

See in particular: http://www.econlib.org/index.html

Course Materials/Supplementaries
Assessment Student presentations......40%
Student participation......30%
Short final essay..........30%
TOTAL......................100%

Prerequisites
Other Notes This seminar has a semiformal class environment and encourages students to question, discuss, and debate based on the readings.

Students are introduced to the study of political economy as a way of sorting out debates over economic policy making in modern society.

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