Courses in Political Economy

The Institute of Political Economy offers a number of courses each semester that are available for students enrolled in the discipline. Enrolment in Theories of Political Economy (PECO 5000) and Methodology of Political Economy (PECO 5001) is mandatory for MA students. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Political Economy at Carleton, students are able to explore and challenge themselves through enrolment in courses outside of the Institute of Political Economy.
The Institute hosts visiting professors each year to teach our special topics courses (PECO 5501F or PECO 5502W). This winter our visitor is Professor Mustafa Bayirbag, Middle East Technical University, who will teach cross-listed course (PECO 5502W/PSCI 5502W/SOCI 5505W) and a course for the Department of Political Science (PSCI 5915Y).

WINTER TERM 2019

PECO 5502/PSCI 5502/SOCI 5505W
Public Policy: Exclusion, Redistribution and Representation
This course will introduce students to the debates in the public policy literature around the questions of social justice. Students will develop an understanding of how political demands for social justice translate into the policy agendas of public authorities.
Course Outline
Instructor: Visiting Professor Mustafa Bayirbag, Middle East Technical University
Wednesdays, 11:35-2:25


SUMMER TERM 2018

PECO 5501/PSCI 5501/SOCI 5504
Socio-Geographic and Intersectional Perspectives on Work and Labour
This course develops a socio-geographic perspective to study the organization of work in contemporary labour markets in this context of crisis. With an intersectional lens, the course explores the ways in which workplaces and labour markets are organized through intersecting relations of class, race, gender, citizenship status, and ability, and are geographically contextualized by place, space and scale.
Course Outline
Instructor: Visiting Professor Mark P. Thomas
Early summer May 07 – Jun 19, 2018
Days: Tue Thu
Time: 17:35 – 20:25

SOCI 5805
Sociologies of Globalization
This course constructs a sociological analysis of the economy by combining developments in the fields of economic sociology, political economy, and global sociology in order to study contemporary global capitalism. The social organization of capitalist markets, the social implications of economic processes, and the sociological bases of economic power are explored through Marxist, institutionalist, network, feminist, and postcolonial perspectives. Beginning with the assertion that economic relations have a social basis, the course examines a range of sociological perspectives on the interrelationships between ‘the social’ and ‘the economic’, the power relations that characterize capitalism as a social system, and the tensions, contradictions and conflicts that shape the social organization of capitalist economies.
Course outline
Instructor: Visiting Professor Mark P. Thomas
Early summer May 07 – Jun 19, 2018
Days: Tue Thu
Time: 11:35-14:25

FALL TERM 2017

PECO 5000F
Theories of Political Economy

A survey of the evolution of the core concepts and ideas proposed by both the founders and modern practitioners of the various approaches to political economy. Particular attention will be paid to contemporary theorists as well as classical theorists such as Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Mill, Schumpeter, Keynes, Polanyi, and Innis.
Course outline
Instructor: Randall Germain
Fall Term – Thursdays, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

PECO 5501F
Topic: Feminism, Peace, and War: Intersectionalities
A feminist inquiry, interrogation and elaboration on the continuities and shifts in the way wars are launched, legitimized, and reproduced. A critical analysis of official discourses on (just-) war, peace, conflict, militarism, strategy, (in)security in the socio-political context, and counter-discourses in which they are embedded.
Course outline
Instructor: Visiting Professor H.S. Cosar
Fall Term – Thursdays, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

PECO 5900 – Tutorial in Political Economy (tutorial approval form)
PECO 5907 – Placement in Political Economy (placement approval form)
PECO 5908 – M.A. Research Essay (committee approval form)
PECO 5909 – M.A. Thesis (committee approval form)

WINTER TERM 2018

PECO 5001W
Methodology of Political Economy
An examination of the methods, procedures, and rules for developing theory and guiding inquiry in political economy research, including topics such as logic of inquiry, conceptualization, research design, dialectics, level of analysis, comparison, evidence and statistics.
Course outline
Instructor: Marc-André Gagnon
Wednesdays, 11:30-2:30

PECO 5502W
Topic: Transdisciplinary Research Projects: Linking Political Economy and  Political Ecology
The basic aim of this seminar is to consider and explore some of the major themes, theories and concepts that together constitute the fields of transdisciplinary research, political economy and political ecology. We revisit some texts and contemporary applications of these epistemological, theoretical and empirical literatures.
Course outline
Instructor: Visiting Professor Luis Llambi
Mondays, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

PECO 5900 – Tutorial in Political Economy (tutorial approval form)
PECO 5907 – Placement in Political Economy (placement approval form)
PECO 5908 – M.A. Research Essay (committee approval form)
PECO 5909 – M.A. Thesis (committee approval form)

PECO 6000W
Political Economy: Core Concepts
Drawing on classical and contemporary writings, this course provides an opportunity to reflect on core concepts in political economy. Topics will be selected in consultation with participating units, taking into account the potential number of students, their research interests and those of the participating units.
Course outline
Instructor: Justin Paulson
Wednesdays, 2:30 – 5:30PM

ARCHIVED COURSE OUTLINES

PECO 5000 Fall 2016
PECO 5000 Fall 2015 

PECO 5001 Winter 2016
PECO 6000 Winter 2016
PECO 6000 Winter 2015
PECO 6000 Winter 2014
PECO 6000 Winter 2013
PECO 6000 Winter 2012
PECO 6000 Winter 2011
PECO 6000 Winter 2010
PECO 6000 Winter 2009
PECO 6000 Winter 2008
PECO 6000 Winter 2007
PECO 6000 Winter 2006