John Peter Richardson
B CUSP 104
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation, and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Offered: A.
B CUSP 104D and B CUSP 107D Cars, Houses, and Jobs: An Introduction to the Economy with Keith Hall and Pete Richardson
Taught jointly by an economist and an anthropologist, this course will explore the economies of cars, houses, and work (with a focus on the United States in its global context). This class will help you understand the economy you are entering and give you a greater understanding of how work connects us together, how the objects we create circulate among us, and us among them. By examining the history of economic institutions and thought across the last century how today’s economy is organized, how it came into existence, and where it might be heading will all be explored. The class readings and other materials will introduce you to the basics of economics, organizational theory, and anthropology, giving you a chance to explore the intersections of economy and culture. Methods used in class will include lecture, discussion, field trips, guest speakers, basic quantitative analysis, ethnography, and presentations.
Student learning goals
- Understand the basics of Economics, Organization Theory, and Anthropology - Be able to do Ethnography - Understand the intersections of Economy and Culture in the United States
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading