PEISHandbook8-07 - Political Economy of Industrial...

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Political Economy of Industrial Societies Student Handbook Table of Contents General Description 2 The PEIS Faculty 3 When to Declare PEIS 4 How to Declare PEIS 4 Additional Information about the Student Association, Minor, Double Majors, Courses Outside L&S, Study Abroad, Internships, the Honors Program, Advisor Codes 5 How to Complete the Major 7 Lower Division Requirements 7 Recommended Courses 8 Foreign Language Requirement 8 Upper Division Requirements 9 Upper Division Courses 9 Major Concentration 10 Concentration Course Listings 11 Rules for Course Selection Within the Major 18 IASTP Staff and Office Hours 19
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POLITICAL ECONOMY OF INDUSTRIAL SOCIETIES General Description Political Economy of Industrial Societies (PEIS) examines the relationship between politics and economics in modern societies, focusing special attention on problems of both domestic and international policy. Based on the assumption that the political-economic relationship is affected by society, culture, geography, and demographics, the curriculum is both multi- and interdisciplinary in scope. Contemporary problems form the central focus of the major, although a strong historical perspective is emphasized. Students also study planning and problem solving, environmental issues, resource distribution, and the challenges of institutional adaptation, value innovation, and changing political systems. The major is designed to provide a broad-based liberal arts background as well as the intellectual skills appropriate for careers in either the public or private sector. Additionally, the major offers an excellent background for students planning postgraduate careers in social science disciplines and professional schools. Some of the questions addressed in the major include: the tension between rising consumer demand versus the need to minimize resource depletion and pollution; the different priorities served by capitalist, socialist, and traditionalist varieties of political economy; the different priorities served by democratic and authoritarian political systems; how international interdependence may undermine the efforts of national governments to cope with unemployment, inflation, trade and payment deficits, health, housing, and welfare problems, and other issues associated with industrialized societies; the importance of organizational structures for policy-making in both the public and private sectors. 2
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The Faculty J. Bradford DeLong, Chair of PEIS and Professor of Economics Interests: Finance, macroeconomics, economic history, social theory Vinod Aggarwal, Political Science Interests: International relations, political economy Maximilian Auffhammer, International and Area Studies Interests: Economics of climate change, pollution in developing countries, econometrics Richard M. Buxbaum, School of Law Interests : Comparative and international economic law Stephen Cohen, City and Regional Planning Interests : Contemporary, historical and conceptual theory of city planning
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