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Economic Sociology

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F. Duina

Course Long Title

Economic Sociology


Most, if not all, economic activity-whether it takes place at the level of individuals, organizations, or markets-requires rules, norms, and institutions. Efficiency alone cannot account for the existence and nature of those rules, norms, and institutions. Beliefs, values, power structures, perceptions of self-interest, political structures, racial dynamics, gender dynamics, path dependencies, and additional factors hold explanatory potential as well. This course investigates these factors. In the process, students explore some of the most important theoretical frameworks in sociology and politics such as rational choice theory, historical institutionalism and statist theory, and some key topics in sociology such as international development.

Modes of Inquiry

Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

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