Business and Politics

Course Code: ECON 2005

Academic Year: 2023-2024

We are living in a moment of profound change in the global economy which has impacts on people at every level and sector of society. Understanding and analyzing this moment is no longer a task reserved for the elite. In the wake of the economic crash of 2008 and the Occupy Wall Street movement, it has become clear that we all have a stake in determining what is happening in our largest institutions - businesses and governments - and in the spaces in between the two. This course introduces and investigates our economic moment, encouraging students to consider the way their own lives and actions both affect and are affected by business and politics. The course examines contemporary policy debates concerning government and business through specific issues such as macroeconomic policy, international trade, environmental regulation, labour unions, health care and education, transportation, corporate liability, consumer protection, as well as fairness/equality policies. This course encourages students to develop and adapt their critical thinking skills to assess the dominant institutions in our society.Category and Level: Society, Culture and Commerce, Lower Level Restrictions: None: