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Can Berkeley Support a Political Economy Major?

If we are going to keep making the intellectual bets that we have been making--which is an open question--the withdrawal of the history department from the 19th century economic, social, and political history of the North Atlantic and the increasing tendency of political science to circle its wagons around its own majors will call for changes: specifically, for us to teach more of our own courses in house.

For example, one possible way to organize things:

ECON 1. PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS. (One course required.)

IAS 45. INTRODUCTION TO WORLD HISTORY. (One course required.)

PEIS 100: CLASSICAL THEORIES OF POLITICAL ECONOMY. Marsilius of Padua to Keynes. (One course required.)

PEIS 101A-D: MODERN THEORIES OF POLITICAL ECONOMY. Keynes to today. (One course required.)

PS 2: INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS. (One course required, or bypass.)

STAT 2: INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS. (One course required, or bypass.)

IAS 106: MICROECONOMIC THEORY AND ANALYSIS. (One course required, or bypass.)

IAS 107: MACROECONOMIC THEORY AND ANALYSIS. (One course required, or bypass.)

PEIS 155A-D: DEVELOPMENTS IN APPROACHES TO MODERN POLITICAL ECONOMY: A survey of some questions of social science or public policy best examined from an interdisciplinary perspective with an eye toward building students' knowledge of some recently developed analytical tools in political economy. (One course required, or bypass.)

PEIS 160A-D: POLITICAL ECONOMY IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT: An interdisciplinary survey of a chunk of the historical experience of peoples and places who have participated in the ongoing great transformation away from agricultural societies with the coming of the steam engine. (One course required, or bypass.)


PEIS 194A-C: "CAPSTONE" SENIOR SEMINAR: Interdisciplinary research seminar in political economy for seniors. Intensive writing on interesting research questions in social science and public policy best approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. To provide seniors not writing theses with a "capstone" experience here at Berkeley...

And then four social science courses to make up a "concentration" in something--courses that would hopefully include a version of:

PEIS 150A-D: TOPICS IN POLITICAL ECONOMY: An examination of some issues in historical or modern political economy: questions of social science or public policy best addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Plus language requirements...