The Political Economy of Everything

POL S 270

Why does popcorn cost so much at the theater? Why did pirates ban drinking rum aboard their ships? Why do law firms invest in expensive artwork for their lobbies, and what does this have to do with plumbers and priests? Can I start a peanut farm if I want to?

Whereas most students think economics is just about money, banking and making widgets, in this course we’ll take the fundamental theory underlying microeconomics and apply it to a wide range of everyday behavior, helping you gain an intuitive understanding of economics.

Course Curriculum and Features

We’ll cover core economic principles and explore metaphors for understanding economic concepts. You’ll delve into critical applications of economics to various fields of social studies. We’ll use in-class writing assignments and intensive class discussions to provide an introduction to the skills required to thrive in an academic environment.

Designed For

Those who are thinking about majoring in economics, business or any of the other social sciences; engineers, chemists and art majors are also encouraged to enroll.


Anthony Gill
Professor, Department of Political Science

Dates & Times

Aug 22–Sep 14, 2017

UW Seattle
9 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Note that the during the final week of the course, class will be held Monday through Thursday rather than Tuesday through Friday.