Invitation to Political Economy: The Ideas & Forces That Have Propelled Capitalism

Social Science and Scientific Thought

Course Description

Why is capitalism—generally referred to as the market system—considered the only viable economic system existing today? What accounts for the great divide between those who believe in a laissez-faire state of affairs and those who promote a managed form of capitalism? How relevant now are earlier ideas about the workings of the market system? The course will take us from the classical economists to the Keynesian, post-Keynesian, and neoliberal thinkers. In charting this process we will be working to understand the forces that have moved capitalism in certain directions. Is it possible to have sustainable growth and shared prosperity under a capitalist market-based system? Does global capitalism pose a threat to democracy?

These and other questions will be investigated from several perspectives. Two works, a narrative by Arundhati Roy and a fictional work, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, will offer imaginative foils.


Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Wednesdays, September 18th 2019

Course Length: 12 weeks, Wednesdays, 1:30 PM -3:30 PM

Discussion Team: Shernaz Choksi, David Dussault, Carol Fiedler

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)

Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.

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