Fall 2020

The Politics of Consumer Finance

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-426

Moodle site: Course


Tess E. Wise (Section 01)


In the Fall of 2020 this course will be taught "hyflex" and will be available online or in-person (conditions permitting).

This course will explore the history of consumer finance in the United States from Provident Loan Societies to credit cards to payday lending. We will explore how families make ends meet. We will learn about the major economic crises in U.S. history and consider the economic fall-out from the Covid-19 pandemic.  We will study the variety of institutions that regulate consumer finance in the United States from the Federal Trade Commission to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and explore how consumer finance was and is influenced by factors such as gender and race. 

Requisite: At least one POSC course (200 level or above). Limited to 18 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Visiting Assistant Professor Wise.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to majors, then to seniors, juniors, etc.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2021-22: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2019, Fall 2020