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217.1 sec. 001 - History of Political Economy (Spring 2023)

Instructor: David Singh Grewal  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


M 09:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Location: Law 123
From January 09, 2023
To April 25, 2023

Course Start: January 09, 2023
Course End: April 25, 2023

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 6
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 12
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

This course will consider the history of political economy as a history of economic and political discourses from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, paying particular attention to intersections with the history of legal thought. The focus will be on three themes: first, the transformation of the ancient theoretical vocabulary of polis and oikos into the modern vocabulary of civil society (or economy) and state; second, the emergence of the concept of the self-equilibrating economy in the eighteenth century, and subsequent controversies over its normative underpinnings; third, the rise and fall of classical political economy and its relation to its successor schools, nineteenth-century marginalism and twenty-century welfare economics. Readings will consist mainly of primary works by central figures in this historical tradition.

To apply, please email me a paragraph about your interest in the seminar and any previous exposure to political economy and/or its intellectual history by October 31st at I will send the course control number to admitted students on the Friday, November 4th.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)

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