The United States in the World (PEC2265.01)

Emma Kast

The aim of this course is to use a political economic lens to explore the “inside-outside” connections between violence and struggle within the United States and beyond its borders. To do this, we will examine the political, economic, cultural, and militaristic reach of the United States in the global political economy. We will look at the political economic basis of the US’s invasions, covert interventions, and aid practices, and the internal reverberations of these practices within the US’s borders. Further, we will look to the international dimensions of the civil rights movement. As we undertake this study of theory and history, we can discover the possibilities and perhaps some of the limits of using political economy as a lens for understanding the global interconnectedness of conflict and struggle. The course will be taught as a Socratic seminar.

Learning Outcomes:
In this course, we aim to:
• Understand the interconnectedness of domestic and international political economy as it relates to topics such as the arms trade, the prison-industrial complex, and policing.
• Discuss the global dimensions of social movements within the United States.
• Evaluate the relationship between politics and economics, as well as the benefits and limitations of a political economy perspective.
• Develop and deepen verbal and analytical skills.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Fully In-Person , Political Economy