Political Economy II

Course Status: 
Course Status: 
CEU credits: 
ECTS credits: 
Academic year: 
Start and end dates: 
9 Jan 2012 - 30 Mar 2012
Attila Folsz
Learning Outcomes: 
Students will be acquainted with the basic concepts and paradigms of contemporary political economy. The acquired knowledge will enable them to pursue individual research on various topics of political economic nature and choose the appropriate ones among various alternative analytical approaches.
Assessment : 
Written questions and comments: 10 % In-class participation 10 % In-class presentation 10 % 2 short tests: 2 x 15 % Final exam: 40 %

The course is an introduction to contemporary political economy, both as an application of economic paradigms for explaining political phenomena and as a discipline focusing on the links between politics and economics. To put it differently, in one way or another the entire course will concentrate on two fundamental questions from various aspects:

-         How and to what extent do societal agents act rationally, and what are the societal consequences of such behaviour?

-         How and to what extent do (political) institutions affect behaviour and thus economic performance?

During the course students will acquaint with different alternative theories, concepts, and methodological approaches concentrating on these questions.