Fall 2014 – The Political Economy of Equality: Historical Background

Innis College: Room 312

Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

October 1: Introduction

Preliminary information, arrangements, logistics

Joanne Mackay-Bennett, Course Co-ordinator


Course structure and content

Professor Donald J. Gillies, Course Director


Political economy: a primer

Professor Gillies


October 8: Political economy then and now. Professor Mark Lovewell, Department of Economics, Ryerson University.

October 15: Antiquity and the origins of democracy. Professor Ben Akrigg, Department of Classics, University of Toronto.

October 22: Feudalism and the rise of capitalism. Professor Lawrin Armstrong, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto.

October 29: Renaissance, Enlightenment and liberalism. Professor Ronald Beiner, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto.

November 5: Democratic revolutions: the United States and France. Professor Allan Hutchinson, Osgoode HallLaw School, York University.

November 12: Capitalism and its inequalities of income and wealth. Carlo Fanelli, Instructor and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University. Peter Brogan Doctoral Candidate, Department of Geography, York University.

November 19: The realities of democracy: inequalities of power. University Professor Emeritus Peter Russell, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto; Principal, Senior College.

November 26: Imperialism: global inequalities. Steve Maher, Doctoral Candidate, Political Theory and Political Economics, York University.

December 3: Course review, student debates, discussion, feedback

December 10: End-of-term party TBA

Winter 2015 course: The Political Economy of Equality: Case Studies: preliminary matters