AP/POLS 1090 3.0M Introduction to Business, Government, and Society –
Course Director:Marc Weinstein Office: 308 Atkinson Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Tuesday 3-5 pm by appointment
Tutorial Leaders: Juliane Edler, Ritu Mathur, Ryan Toews
Lectures: Tuesdays 12:30-2:30 Stedman Lecture Hall D
Tutorials: Tuesdays 1, 2, 5, 9 Ryan Toews
3, 4, 7, 8,10 Ritu Mathur
6 Juliane Edler
Objective of the Course
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the field of business-state
relations by providing them with an overview of the economic and political
environment in which business operates both within the context of national and
international political economy. Another important objective is to help students
develop critical skills so that they can understand social, political and economic
issues within a larger conceptual and historical framework.
Theme of the Course
The central underlying theme of the course will be the profound changes that
have occurred in the relationship of business, state and society in the current
period of neoliberal globalization. Several major areas of state regulation and
control will be examined to illustrate the changing nature of these relations. The
Canadian state and economy will provide some illustrative context for examining
Requirements and Evaluation
Mid-term Examination (February 12) 20%
Essay(March 26) 30%
Tutorial Participation 20%
Final Examination 30%
The essay will be 8-10 double-spaced typewritten pages in length. Essay topics
will be based on key themes of the course. The essay will be due on March 26,
There is a Moodle site for this course which will be used as a source for course materials and as a
place from which to download course assignments and other course relevant files. All students
registered in the course will find the course listed when they login to Moodle. If you have difficulty
accessing the site contact [email protected]
Essays will be submitted both to turnitin on the course
Moodle site and in hard copy format in seminar.
Most of the course readings will be drawn from the McMichael text available from the York University
Bookstore. In addition, there are readings in two course books available through the library as ebooks.
These ebooks are accessible through your passport york userid and/or library card.
Philip McMichael, Development and Social Change, Fifth Edition, (Thousand
Oaks, California: Sage, 2012). (Available through York University Bookstore) Stephen McBride and John Shields, Dismantling a Nation, Second Edition,
(Halifax: Fernwood, 1997 (Available through the York library viewable online as
an e-book and as a download)
Stephen McBride, Paradigm Shift, (Halifax: Fernwood, 2001) (Available through
the York library
viewable online as an e-book and as a
Attendance to all lectures and tutorials is required.
Students in this course are expected to complete all weekly reading assignments in advance
of each lecture and their assigned tutorial. The list of these readings is outlined below.
Schedule of Class Sessions and Readings
Dates Topics, Readings & Due Dates
January 8 Introduction
What is Capitalism?
Supplemental Reading: Richard Robbins, Global Problems and the Culture of
Capitalism, (Boston, Mass: Allyn and Bacon, 2011), Chapter
2. (York Library)
January 15 Postwar Organization of State-Business Relations (1): The
Keynesian Welfare State
Required Reading: (Library E-Book) Stephen McBride and John
Dismantling a Nation, Second Edition, (Halifax: Fernwood,
1997), Chapter 2.
January 22 Postwar Organization of State-Business Relations (2):
Required Reading: McMichael, Development and Social
Change, Chapters 2 and 3.
January 29 Moving to Neoliberalism: Deregulation, Privatization &
(Library E-Book) Stephen McBride, Paradigm Shift, (Halifax:
Fernwood, 2001), Chapter 4 pp.79-101 AND
(Library E-Book) Stephen McBride and John Shields,
Dismantling a Nation,
Second Edition, (Halifax: Fernwood, 1997), Chapter 4. 77-
February 5 Global Integration of Production, Trade and Finance