Political Economy Class
Both the book and the lecture notes where extremely essential during the course. Important aspects such as sociology, political theory, philosophy, and political/economic thoughts are well comprehended and integrated to the new arena of economic analysis. The author (Clark) introduces us to the historical and techniques applied in the political economy in line with relative crams of radicalism, liberalism, liberalism and conservatism. The class thought me the interrelationship between key issues such as culture and gender, unemployment and inflation, the role of the government, poverty and inequality, and how they related to the four key economic ideologies basing on the origin European industrialization process.
Unlike in the separate and specialized social sciences, human condition and social interactions are well analyzed in the context of political economy. The book further mines the need for divulging the fundamental value verdicts and ideological pledges that stimulates usage of the public policy.
Clarks goes deeper in extracting a comprehended meaning of political economy following the absence of its accord in other books. This is evidenced in the introduction part of the book where he gives different meanings of historical evolution regarding political economy. As per the book chapters, the four comparative approaches described have challenged researchers and criticizers in analyzing them. The other part of the book is equally essential because it extensively analyzes modern political-economic issues like the science ideology chapter. Concisely, one can describe the book as fascinating, readable, and up-to-date as it analyzes any issue regarding Political Theory, Political Economy, or History of Economic Thought.
Chapter 13 of this book thought me much on what are the sways of culture and education on the political economy. Through this book, I can now confidently differentiate and classify the disciplinary and theoretical elements of a broad range of cultural production forms, education processes, socialization, and transmission across ages of time. In this class, I learnt that the broad context of the education process entails changing structures and societal dynamics, political economy and the culture innuendos found across the world. Education process has equally become important in making us understand a variety of social processes such as political and economic transformations, identity formation, globalization, immigration, state formation, and nationalism.
As a student, the class has enabled me to value the core role of education process in transforming the world for better regarding its theory and practice arrangements. Through this process (program), I now understand the importance of the education; that education is education itself. Education should not be taken for the perceived norms such as testing, employment, job training, among others. Instead, education process needs to emphasize on learning. For instance, if one finds success in what he or she is doing, they will find a reason to learn more on how to make the process more successful.
One more thing I leant about from the book and the lectures was the purpose of education, educational policies, the cultural expression roles, the role of education in capitalist society (that is, schools in capitalist societies are privileged to stay repressive), and the role of education and upholding hierarchy. In addition, I learnt about the role of culture in bringing about development. I learnt that culture is regarded binomial in its application. Culture can be perceived as a real factor in regional development, and in attracting economic activities such as tourism, resident investment schemes. Equally, culture can be seen as inherent value, and as an active factor of promoting creativity, tolerance, and social development. In addition, culture is regarded as an underlying orientation point with regard to the implication of cities in social, spatial, and political economic, and metropolitan arrangements. In conclusion, I found this newly edited book and the lectures very important because I now know much than I knew before regarding political economics.