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Political Economy Concentration (POEC)

Director: Associate Professor Alfred P. Montero

The study of political economy involves issues that range from the analysis of American public policy, globalization, comparative national economic policies, the relationship of micro-level to macro-level activity, and the ways that public and private choices affect one another.

Requirements for the Concentration:

Since the study of politics and economics are closely and intimately related, we ask students (1) get a grounding in political science and economics, and perhaps a third discipline, sociology; (2) to specialize in either American public policy or World Trade and Development; and (3) to integrate their studies in a final senior seminar that cuts across the different fields of specialization.

Lower Level Course Requirements (four courses required):

All three of the following:

ECON 110 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 111 Principles of Microeconomics

POSC 265 Politics of Global Economic Relations or

POSC 263 European Political Economy (Not offered in 2006-2007)

plus one course from:

ECON 250 History of Economic Ideas

HIST 141 Europe in the Twentieth Century

POSC 170 International Relations and World Politics

Middle-Division Requirement (one course required):

The selected course must correspond with area of specialization.

American Public Policy:

ECON 270 Economics of the Public Sector

POSC 201 National Policymaking

POSC 266 Urban Political Economy (Not offered in 2006-2007)

SOAN 220 Class, Power, and Inequality in America

or World Trade and Development:

ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development

ECON 280 International Trade (Not offered in 2006-2007)

ECON 281 International Finance (Not offered in 2006-2007)

Upper Level Course Electives (three courses required):

Each student will select at least three courses from the two areas of specialization listed below in consultation with the concentration coordinator. These courses must come from at least two different departments. Two of these courses will be in the same area of specialization with the third coming from the other area. Courses listed under Middle-Division Requirement (above) may also count as upper level course electives if they are not being used to satisfy the Middle-Division Requirement. Political Science 263 may be used to satisfy one upper level elective requirement in the area of World Trade and Development if Political Science 265 was used to satisfy the lower level course requirement. It may not satisfy both requirements simultaneously.

American Public Policy:

ECON 232 American Economic History

ECON 245 Economics of Inequality

ECON 262 Economics of Sports

ECON 271 Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment (Not offered in 2006-2007)

ECON 272 Organizations and Decisionmaking (Not offered in 2006-2007)

ECON 273 Water and Western Economic Development

ECON 274 Labor Economics

ECON 275 Law and Economics

ECON 276 Money and Banking

ECON 278 Industrial Organization and Pricing Policy

ECON 282 Financial Markets (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 262 Environmental Policy and Politics

POSC Carleton Political Science Seminar in Washington D.C.*

POSC 308 Poverty and Public Policy (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 366 Urban Political Economy (Not offered in 2006-2007)

SOAN 221 Law and Society (Not offered in 2006-2007)

World Trade and Development:

ECON Carleton Economics Seminar in Cambridge*

ECON 231 Soviet and Post-Soviet Economics (Not offered in 2006-2007)

ECON 233 European Economic History

ECON 236 Economics of the European Union (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 263 European Political Economy

POSC 268 International Environmental Politics and Policy

POSC 322 Political Economy of Latin America (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 327 The Politics of African Development (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 364 Capitalism and Its Critics (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 365 People, Choice, and Resources: International Public Policy (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 381 Beijing Program: Politics of Economic Development (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 382 Beijing Program: Chinese Economy in Transition (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 383 Maastrict Program: Politics of the European Union (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 387 Maastrict Program: Europe of Regions (Not offered in 2006-2007)

SOAN 234 Ecology, Economy, and Culture

SOAN 312 Actors and Issues in Contemporary Third World "Development" (Not offered in 2006-2007)

Upper Level Seminar Requirement: (one course)

POSC 360 Political Economy Seminar

POSC 364 Capitalism and Its Critics (Not offered in 2006-2007)

* selected courses from the off-campus seminar

Participants on the Cambridge program will normally be granted 12 economics credits under the world trade and development division.

During academic years that neither POSC 360 nor 364 are offered, POSC 366 may act as the upper level seminar requirement course.