Political Economy 24, Section 1
Political Economy in Contemporary Perspective (1 unit, P/NP)
Senior Lecturer Alan Karras
Tuesday 4:00-5:00, 180 Barrows Hall, Class number: 29443
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.
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. Instructor Bio
Faculty web site: http://iastp.berkeley.edu/People-Detail/Alan%20Karras