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.
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.
Attendance and Workload
All Early Fall Start courses require the same amount of academic work as any other UW course, and full attendance and participation is required. In general, each course requires about 10 hours of homework each week.
Professor, Department of Political Science
Dates & Times
Aug 22–Sep 14, 2017
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.