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Economic Liberalism and Its Critics

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A. Grahame

Course Long Title

Economic Liberalism and Its Critics

Cross Listed Courses


The 2008 financial crisis, extreme wealth inequality, climate change, and Brexit are a few examples of developments that disrupted what we thought we knew about political economy. For the first time in decades, big political economic ideas are back on the table. This course offers students the opportunity to conduct sustained reading of foundational texts in political economy, including works by Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Karl Polanyi, and Friedrich Hayek. What have these texts yet to teach us about both historical and contemporary political economic dilemmas? Recommended background: prior course work in the philosophical, literary, and legal studies or political economy concentrations of the politics major.

Modes of Inquiry

Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit


Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(PLTC: Political Economy), (PLTC: Phil., Lit., Legal St.)

INDS Program Relationship

IDEU - EUS Program

Class Restriction

Exclude First Years