Learn Liberty

In Depth Program

Game of Thrones

Power, Politics, and Playing Dirty

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Matthew McCaffrey
University of Illinois at Springfield

This program will explore the economic and political themes of Game of Thrones through an analysis of the novels by George R.R. Martin along with the television adaptations. The course brings together ideas from economics, history, and political philosophy to show the similarities between this complex fantasy realm and the real economic and social problems of our own world. Special attention will be paid to the role of money in society, the problems of public finance, and the economic and social outlook of the characters and major families found in the story.

And that's not all!

We’ll help you on your journey to be richer than a Lannister. Tell all your friends to sign up for this program, and when they do make sure they list you as a reference and we’ll send you a $5 gift card from Amazon.com (you and your friend need to register for the program AND join the discussion group!). Earn enough points to complete the program and we’ll send you a $45 gift card for every friend who completes as well! 

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April 7, 2014

How it Works

  • Watch a series of short informative videos
  • Discuss thoughts and ideas with peers
  • Join the professor for live discussion and Q&A
  • Apply these ideas to your world