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Political Economy 24, Section 1
Political Economy in Contemporary Perspective (1 unit, P/NP)
Senior Lecturer Alan Karras
Tuesday 4:00-5:00, 279 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 19674

Course Threads This seminar will require students to engage with current events, international and domestic, through the lens of political economy. Those who are enrolled will be required to read The New York Times and/or The Economist each week, identify issues of political economy that are being discussed, and present them to their peers for discussion. Differing perspectives on the news, as well as the different ways in which political economy theorists would interact with the events, will be discussed. Students should expect vigorous engagement and critical thinking. This is a Course Threads Theme Seminar.

Alan Karras is Associate Director of and Senior Lecturer in the International and Area Studies Academic Program. He is the author of Smuggling: Contraband and Corruption in World History, as well as several other books and articles on similar subjects. He is currently the Lead Media Author for the concise edition of a World History textbook, an author of the AP edition of the same book, and is also engaged in researching corruption in the British East India Company. He previously served as the Chair of the AP World History Development Committee for the College Board (as well as several other committees). He is also a member of the Boards of Editors for Cambridge University Press's forthcoming Dictionary of World History and the nine-volume Cambridge World History. In addition to smuggling and corruption, his research interests are in eighteenth-century Caribbean history, especially as it relates to more recent global issues in political economy.

Faculty web site: http://iastp.berkeley.edu/People-Detail/Alan%20Karras

Quotes from students in Fall 2015 seminar:

"It’s important to read more news articles to keep up-to-date."

"It’s very stimulating and fun; be prepared to debate."

"Discussion is more productive than argument."

"I made some good friends in this class, and I feel like I can talk to Professor Karras."

"I learned so much about ISIS and relations in the Middle East and other people's views on the countries and governments there." - student in spring 2015 seminar

"Alan Karras is an incredible knowledgeable instructor." - student in spring 2015 seminar

"Come in with an open mind, be prepared to defend your beliefs, and allow yourself to broaden your world perspective." - student in Fall 2014 seminar

"Be prepared to be knowledgeable, open-minded, humorous, and adventurous in your thinking." - student in Fall 2014 seminar
Freshman and Sophomore Seminars are co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Division
of the College of Letters & Science and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
For further information about the program,
contact Alix Schwartz (alix@berkeley.edu / 642-8378).

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