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PSCI 238 Business and Politics

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  • Spring 2020
    David Primo
    Spring 2020 — TR 11:05 - 12:20
    Course Syllabus

    In this course we will use the tools of political science and economics to study how corporations affect and are affected by politics. We will cover a broad range of issues affecting the business world, including regulation, lawmaking, activism, and corporate social responsibility. Course meetings will be interactive and feature in-depth discussions of real-world cases and topics in industries including finance and e-commerce.

  • Fall 2015
    David Primo
    Fall 2015 — TR 12:30 - 13:45
    Course Syllabus

    The focus of this course is the conflict and cooperation between business and government, with an emphasis on U.S. domestic politics. We will cover a broad range of issues affecting the business world, including regulation, lawmaking, the mass media, interest group activism, and crisis management. The course will connect ongoing political debates to theory, and guest speakers will bring their business and political experience to our class. Each meeting will feature a general topic, as well as in-depth analyses of real-world cases related to that topic. What happens when Wal-Mart tries to open a new store in a city with strong unions? Who is opposed to grocery stores selling wine, and why? How did General Motors fight back against a media report critical of its products? Is "corporate social responsibility" actually irresponsible? These are just a few of the questions we'll answer during the semester, all while developing an understanding of what happens when politics meets economics.

  • Fall 2014
    David Primo
    Fall 2014 — TR 12:30 - 13:45
    Course Syllabus

    The focus of this course is the conflict and cooperation between business and government, with an emphasis on U.S. domestic politics. We will cover a broad range of issues affecting the business world, including regulation, lawmaking, the mass media, interest group activism, and crisis management. The course will connect ongoing political debates to theory, and guest speakers will bring their business and political experience to our class. Each meeting will feature a general topic, as well as in-depth analyses of real-world cases related to that topic. What happens when Wal-Mart tries to open a new store in a city with strong unions? Who is opposed to grocery stores selling wine, and why? How did General Motors fight back against a media report critical of its products? Is "corporate social responsibility" actually irresponsible? These are just a few of the questions we'll answer during the semester, all while developing an understanding of what happens when politics meets economics.

  • Fall 2013
    David Primo
    Fall 2013 — TR 12:30 - 13:45
    Course Syllabus

    The focus of this course is the conflict and cooperation between business and government, with an emphasis on U.S. domestic politics. We will cover a broad range of issues affecting the business world, including regulation, lawmaking, the mass media, interest group activism, and crisis management. The course will connect ongoing political debates to theory, and guest speakers will bring their business and political experience to our class. Each meeting will feature a general topic, as well as in-depth analyses of real-world cases related to that topic. What happens when Wal-Mart tries to open a new store in a city with strong unions? Who is opposed to grocery stores selling wine, and why? How did General Motors fight back against a media report critical of its products? Is "corporate social responsibility" actually irresponsible? These are just a few of the questions we'll answer during the semester, all while developing an understanding of what happens when politics meets economics.

  • Fall 2012
    David Primo
    Fall 2012 — TR 12:30 - 13:45
    Course Syllabus

    The focus of this course is the conflict and cooperation between business and government, with an emphasis on U.S. domestic politics. We will cover a broad range of issues affecting the business world, including regulation, lawmaking, the mass media, interest group activism, and crisis management. The course will connect ongoing political debates to theory, and guest speakers will bring their business and political experience to our class. Each meeting will feature a general topic, as well as in-depth analyses of real-world cases related to that topic. What happens when Wal-Mart tries to open a new store in a city with strong unions? Who is opposed to grocery stores selling wine, and why? How did General Motors fight back against a media report critical of its products? Is "corporate social responsibility" actually irresponsible? These are just a few of the questions we'll answer during the semester, all while developing an understanding of what happens when politics meets economics.

  • Fall 2009
    David Primo
    Fall 2009 — TR 11:05 - 12:20
    Course Syllabus

    In this course we will use the tools of political science and economics to study how corporations affect and are affected by politics. We will cover a broad range of issues affecting the business world, including regulation, lawmaking, activism, and corporate social responsibility. Course meetings will be interactive and feature in-depth discussions of real-world cases and topics in industries including finance and e-commerce.