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GOVERNMENT

GOVT-496
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: minimum 2.5 GPA.

GOVT-496
002
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Political Economy of Inequality in the Global South

Inequality has become a core theme of politics across much of the world. This course addresses why and for whom inequality matters, how it evolves in different settings, and competing explanations for changes in patterns of distribution. The course emphasizes how phenomena that on the surface may appear to be strictly economic are in fact inherently political in nature. This accounts for the emphasis on political economy. The following are among the questions addressed: How do political institutions shape distributive outcomes? What is the role of competing social and political actors in shaping these outcomes? To what extent does political regime type influence distribution? And how do structural characteristics of economies, and their insertion into global networks of production and trade, determine who among competing social actors emerge as winners and losers in the struggle to secure a greater portion of the pie? Meets with GOVT-696 002.

GOVT-496
E01L
GOVERNMENT
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Politics of the Internet 2.0

The adoption of the Internet has taken place at an astonishing rate. Yet what are the effects of this technology on our personal and political lives? This course examines the history, effects, uses, problems, and hopes for the technology. Also examined is the problem of the digital divide and current trends in Internet research, including research on social media.