Lisa Nicole Citron
B CUSP 176
Provides intellectual frameworks for common concerns about globalization, competition, trade, transnational corporations, migration, and other contemporary questions. Emphasizes mastery of relevant data and the ability to connect data to analysis and argument. Offered: AWSp.
The course will cover the development of modern capitalist culture, from the roots of money and debt culture to the social construction of the consumer, laborer, corporation and nation-state. We will explore the links between the spread of capitalist culture and various global problems, including climate change, the destruction of indigenous culture, poverty and global health issues. We will look at various forms resistance to capitalist culture- from labor movements to environmental activism. And finally we will explore some solutions to the problems created by global capitalism.
Student learning goals
Understand the historical roots of capitalist culture and its modern manifestation as a way of life characterized by a belief of trade and commodity consumption as a source of well-being.
Be able to discuss the distinctive patterns of social relations, ways of viewing the world, methods of food production, patterns of health and disease, relationship to the environment that characterize capitalist culture.
Understand the reasons why some groups resisted and continue to resist the development of capitalist culture.
Evaluate the benefits and costs of capitalist culture- from gains in modern biomedicine and advances in global communications to the impacts of modern agricultural systems, urbanization and climate change.
Explore the role of multinational and transnational corporations in the global political economy.
General method of instruction
lecture, discussion, readings and videos, research and writing
read- current events, financial pages; a general curiosity and willingness to explore various points of view
Class assignments and grading
written response to assigned reading; short research papers; written exams
class participation, papers, tests