Revisiting Political Economy: The Ideas and Forces That Have Propelled Capitalism

Social Sciences

Course Description

This course will take place on Zoom.

Why is capitalism—the market system—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 today are the early ideas about the workings of the market system? This course will take us from the views of the classical economists (Adam Smith, Karl Marx), through those of Keynes, to the present age of neoliberalism. What factors led to the golden years of capitalism (les trentes glorieuses)? What events and forces ushered in the neoliberal ideology? Is it possible to have sustainable growth and shared prosperity under a market-based system? What effects will the COVID-19 pandemic have on attitudes toward the role of the state and the public good?

These and other questions will be investigated from several perspectives. A fictional work, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, will offer an imaginative context for reading and discussion.

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

    • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2008). ISBN: 978-1416562603

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 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: Wednesday 22 September 2021

Course Length: 12 weeks, Wednesdays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: Imogen Brian, Shernaz Choksi, David Dussault, Michael O'Brien

Degree Credit: 3.0 credits

Course Fees: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

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. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

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