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Foundations of Political Economy
This course introduces students to the main theories/paradigms of political economy, particularly as they apply to the production and distribution of wealth, power, and welfare in capitalism. This course will help students to become more sophisticated in their understanding and critical thinking of capitalism as a structurally complex, historically dynamic, culturally diverse, and ideologically active socio-economic system. Students are expected to gain a basic literacy in the foundational languages and discourses of economics and to develop skills and perspective to investigate “economic” issues using different levels of analysis, involving behavioral, moral/ ethical, structural, and historical dimensions, navigating through multiple knowledge fields and disciplines, and addressing them to the realms of both theory and action/policy.