Seminar: 1 session / week, 2 hours / session
Political Economy I explores the major social science paradigms for analyzing relations among state, economy, and society. Through readings, lectures and discussion of original texts in political liberalism and individualism, neo-classical economics, Marxism, sociological and cultural theories, and neo-institutionalism, the seminar examines the fundamental assumptions on which our understanding of the social world and our research are based.
This course is open to MIT graduate students in all departments and to MIT undergraduates with prior coursework in economics or political science and permission from the instructors.
Grading is based mainly on the two essays, with some consideration of class participation.