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Some Political Economy "Concentrations": DRAFT

The Concentration requirement in Berkeley's Political Economy major is meant to give students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the nature of the relationship between politics and economics as it relates to a particular issue. You are graduating with a Political Economy degree. That means you know a little about each of history, sociology, political science, economics, possibly philosophy, rhetoric, anthropology, geography or other disciplines as well. You should know a lot about something. the Concentration requirement forces you to define that something.

Each student chooses an existing or potential issue or problem in international political economy, and takes four courses bearing on that issue or problem. The courses need to inform the student's study of the Concentration topic. In a better world than this, the Concentration requirement would also include a senior honors thesis on some aspect of the Concentration topic.

The key to the Concentration requirement is that it is your own: the Concentration is self-defined. You must develop a topic that is an existing or potential issue or problem in international political economy. You then choose four courses to inform inform your view and increase your knowledge. Select courses from different departments. Note that courses listed in the PEIS Student Handbook will automatically be approved for appropriate concentration topics--but courses not listed in the handbook can be taken for the concentration: all you have to do is make the case that it is appropriate for the concentration. And, of course, no double dipping: courses taken for your concentration cannot be double-counted towards another major requirement.

Here are fifteen sample recent concentrations. Note that these are not the best possible courses offered at some Platonic Ideal of Berkeley for this concentration--these are real-world courses that students can actually get into and take for their respective concentrations:


Democracy, Globalization, and China

  • Mass Comm 102: Effects of Mass Media
  • Soc 172: Development and Globalization
  • Soc 183: Contemporary Chinese Society
  • Poli Sci 143C: Chinese Politics
  • Poli Sci 143D: Democracy and China

The Euro

  • Econ 161: International Trade
  • Hist 158C: Modern Europe, 1914-Present
  • Poli Sci 147H: The Domestic Politics of Postwar Western Europe
  • Soc 122: Comparative Perspectives: US and Europoe
  • Hist 160: The International Economy of the Twentieth Century

The European Union: Rhetoric and Reality

  • Rhet 150: Rhetoric of Contemporary Politics
  • Rhet 172: Rhetoric of Social Theory
  • Poli Sci 147: Western European Politics
  • Hist 158C: Modern Europe: 1914-Present

Economic Development and Human Rights

  • Econ 171: Economic Development
  • PS 139B: Politics of Development
  • PACS: Human Rights
  • Poli Sci 146AB: African Politics

Sustainable Development

  • IAS 115: Global Poverty
  • ESPM 161: Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
  • ESPM 167: Environmental Health and Development
  • Geo 130: Natural Resources and Populations
  • EEP 153: Population, Environment, and Development

International Power: Economic, Political, and Military

  • Poli Sci 124A: War
  • Poli Sci 124C: Justice in International Affairs
  • Econ 181: International Trade
  • Poli Sci 138B: Market Economics
  • EEP 152: Development and International Trade

Political Economy of Northeast Asia

  • Poli Sci 1230A: International Relations
  • History 113B: Modern Korean History
  • Poli Sci 128: Chinese Foreign Policy
  • UGBA 118: International Trade
  • Hist 118C: Japan: The Late Nineteenth Century to the Present

Development in the Information Age

  • IFS 100D: Introduction to Technology, Society, and Culture
  • DS 100: Development in Theory and History
  • Info 190: Technology and Poverty
  • Am Stud 134: Information Technology and Society
  • Poli Sci 138D: Governance of the E-conomy

Barriers to the Delivery of health Care Services in the United States

PH 150D: Intro to Health Policy and Management ESPM 162: Bioethics and Society Econ 157: Health Economics GWS 150: Gender and Health


Decolonization and the Political and Economic Development of the Middle East

  • Hist 109C: History of the Middle East
  • MES 130: Jews and Muslims
  • Poli Sci 124A: Middle Eastern Politics
  • Soc 172: Development and Globalization

Behavioral Economics and Economic Planning

  • Env Des 100: The City
  • EEP C151: Economic Development
  • Pub Pol 101: Intro to Policy Analysis
  • Econ C175: Economic Demography
  • CRP 118AC: Community and Economic Development

Cosmopolitanism and International Development

  • IAS 150: Cosmopolitanism
  • Poli Sci 138B: The Politics of Market Economies
  • UGBA 118: International Trade
  • UGBA 178: Introduction to International Business
  • Econ : Game Theory

American Political and Economic Imperialism in Latin America

  • LAS 150: Latin American Development and World Markets
  • PACS 149: Global Change and World Order
  • Anthro 139: Controlling Processes
  • Hist : Latin American History

Law, Politics, and Development in the Middle East

  • Phil 115: Political Philosophy
  • Leg Stud 145: Law and Economics
  • Poli Sci 149C: Modernization in Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan
  • Poli Sci 139B: Development Politics

Immigration Law and Policy

  • Soc 111: Sociology of the Family
  • Poli Sci 198A: Latin American Politics
  • Leg Stud 176: American Legal History
  • Chic Stud 159: Mexican Immigration

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