|Economics 106||January Term 2004||TTH 1:15|
Satya J. Gabriel
Associate Professor Economics
Mount Holyoke College
Primary Course Objective: At the end of the semester students should be comfortable with the language and mode of analysis of post-structuralist political economy and recognize the key institutional players in contemporary China and understand how to use the former to help make sense of the latter.
Required Readings will be available online. Be sure to do the required readings for each class before the meeting. Therefore, do not simply print a copy of this syllabus and think it is etched in stone. Instead, check this online syllabus at the end of every week (online readings will be posted no later than Friday noon if relevant for the following week).
Grading: Grades will be based on three quizzes. In class
or web-based projects
can contribute significantly to the final grade and even substitute for
one or more of the quizzes. Students should also note that the
project option is the only way to make up for missed quizzes (students are
encouraged to attend ALL class meetings, given the brevity of
J-term, and absences will count negatively in determination of
the final grade). In-class projects
must receive prior approval and be scheduled in advance. Such projects
may include dramatic performances, debates, or other forms of
presentation. Web projects must also receive prior approval and be deemed
of significant educational value to other students in the course and/or to
students in the international community. (Note Bene: Web page files must
be both saved onto the MHC webspace and provided to Professor Gabriel on a
Readings denoted with an * require Adobe Acrobat.
January 6th: Introductory Lecture
January 8: 1.
Socialism, and the 1949 Chinese Revolution
2. Lecture Notes on Post-structuralist Theory of the Firm
3. The Structure of a Post-Revolutionary Economic Transformation:
The Chinese Economy from the 1949 Revolution to the Great Leap
January 22: To Revalue or Not to Revalue
Theory (essay in progress --- what is the difference between
economy and heterodox economic theory?)