political economy

See political economy & political science for more about how this subject is taught at Evergreen.

While studying political economy, you will learn the ways in which the U.S. and global economies have been organized and reorganized, how systems of economic and political power operate, and how they are changed.

You can study the history of empires in structuring the global economy; examine food systems and agriculture; and mass media’s role in social relationships. You’ll learn how social change has occurred in the past so you can be a more effective agent of change. Finally, you can explore alternative visions for economies and societies that promote justice and environmental sustainability. 

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2017–18
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Activist, Student, Citizen. FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Alternatives and Resistance to Global Capitalism: Mexico, U.S., and Beyond SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Community Connections - Sustainable Development (Grays Harbor) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Countertextual Ecologies: Eco-Music FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Eco-Poetics FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Gastropoetics FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Political Ecology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Development as Freedom FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Foundations of Washington State's Governance System JR-SR
  • Fall
4
From Black Liberation to Solidarity Economics: Social Movements in the Neoliberal Era FR-SR
  • Spring
16
History of Agriculture in Washington State (1880-1980) JR-SR
  • Winter
4
Immigration and American Culture FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Intermediate Macroeconomics SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Introduction to Environmental Studies: River Resources SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Making Feminist Sense of Economics and Politics FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Portland: Researching Neoliberalism in Local Neighborhoods FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8, 12, 16
Political Economy and Social Movements FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Poverty: What, Why, and How SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Power in American Society SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Seeds of Change: Food, Culture, and Work FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Social Sciences, History, Multiculturalism, Diversity SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Study Abroad: Beautiful Taiwan and China FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 12
The Making of Global Capitalism, 1500–1914 JR-SR
  • Winter
16
The Price of Inequality: Politics, Economics, and Policy FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Understanding the Economic Crisis: Vanishing Jobs, Shrinking Middle Class FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Viking Economics: Learning from Scandinavia FR-SR
  • Spring
8
With Liberty and Justice for Whom? JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
A Better Mirror: Data Analysis and the Political Economy of Evergreen SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Alternatives to Capitalism SO-SR
  • Spring
12, 16
Climate Justice SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Current Economic Issues and Social Movements FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Diversity, Democracy, and Fake News: Making Our Way in the Time of Trump FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth: Critical Literacy and Critical Numeracy SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Geopolitics, Energy, Economics, and Stewardship of the Pacific Northwest SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Global/Local Realities and Alternative Visions JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Intermediate Microeconomics SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Political Ecology of Land: Urban Planning, Property Rights, and Land Stewardship JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Political Economy and Environmental and Social Movements: Race, Class, and Gender SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Political Economy of Public Education: History and Philosophy SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Radio Practice and Politics SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Teaching through Performance FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
The Making of Global Capitalism, 1500-1914 JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Transnational Identities, Migration, and Unequal Childhoods SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Who Gets What?: Political Economy of Income, Wealth, and Economic Justice FR
  • Winter
16
Who Gets What?: Political Economy of Race, Class and Gender FR-SO
  • Fall
16