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The Politics and Economics of Capitalism

Program(s): Immersion

It is impossible to graduate from college without repeatedly encountering the term "capitalism." But what is it, actually? Is it primarily a political or an economic system? What is the difference and why does it matter? Why are economics and politics taught in different departments at modern universities and why is a major in economics so popular? This course will equip students with the basic conceptual tools to think about these questions. We will try to understand the history and theory of capitalism by reading selections from six of the most important theorists of modern economic life: Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Friedrich List, William Stanley Jevons, John Maynard Keynes, and Friedrich Hayek.

See sample syllabus here.

Remote or Residential

✓ Residential (On-Campus)


Course Considerations

Writing Intensive

Course Overview

Start Date

June 17

End Date

July 05

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Class Details

Course Code

SOSC 25132 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

Class Duration (CST)


3:00 P.M.


Session I

Course Length

3 weeks

HS Orientation Date

June 15
June 16

Primary Instructor

Pamela Nogales

Academic Interest

Law and Politics
Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)