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by Llewellyn Williams-Brooks on August 13, 2018

Radical Pedagogy and the Political Economy Movement
What is the role of Political Economy in contemporary Australia? How does it position itself in the wider discourse of economics and the social sciences? What can Political Economy, as a social and academic movement, teach us?
The tumultuous history of Political Economy at the University of Sydney is reflective of historically and politically contingent contexts. Drawing from long lineages in Classical, Marxist and (Post-)Keynesian economics, political economists have continually fought for radical and heterodox alternatives to conventional social science.
Join our distinguished academics Frank Stilwell, Elizabeth Hill, Joe Collins and Rebecca Pearse in discussing radical pedagogy in Political Economy, as part of Radical Education Week 2018.

Wednesday 22 August 2018, 14:00-15:00, Eastern Avenue Radical Education Week Marquee

Frank Stilwell is an Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. As one of the leading figureheads of Australian Political Economy, his research interests primarily centre on Australian socio-economics, spatial inequality, and government policies.
Elizabeth Hill is a senior lecturer of Political Economy at the University of Sydney, with research focusing on gender, work/care regimes, and development. She has spoken in the media on Australia’s gender landscape and publishes widely on the political economy of inequality and policy in the Asia Pacific region.
Joe Collins is a lecturer of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. His research offers a critical perspective on the political economy of rent theory, property and extractive industries.
Rebecca Pearse is a lecturer of Political Economy at the University of Sydney, and a Key Researcher at the Sydney Environment Institute. Her research interests include the political economy of environmental policy, gender relations, and social/environmental change.

Llewellyn Williams-Brooks
Llewellyn Williams-Brooks is PhD Student in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. His current research interests are Australian Historiography, Class and State theory, Economic Policy and Labour History.
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  • Detean Zutrandra
    August 14, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Arts students are alternative and teaching them that the economy is political is very controversial. What is an “arts” student? How is an “arts” student different from a mainstream student? What do they hope to gain from university? How do arts degrees work? What is liberal arts and how does it relate to welfare? What is a well rounded informed citizen vs. delinquency and demanding and disruptive? teaching arts students to challenge economies and tech which most people are able to participate in, and work in is very controversial. How is the economy political? what does political mean? Why would things have to go through a political process (middle man)? Why would you attack business ownership in an election? What is a welfare state? What is a business vs. the government (laws and rules for general citizen)? Arts students need to focus on alternative none competitive lifestyles. Political theory is not always helpful, history in detail is not helpful. Know your students, understand their position in complex society and don’t give alternative disadvantaged groups an excess of stress, don’t create delinquency. Arts students are responsible for themselves in creating a non competitive yet not dependent lifestyle. They need to be respectful to groups who work, real work has nothing to do with the arts student.

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