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Nektaria Klapaki
SIS 498
Seattle Campus

Readings in International Studies

Reading and discussion of selected works of major importance in interdisciplinary international studies. Restricted to majors in International Studies.

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Industrialization and Its Discontents

Combining the methodologies of the social sciences and the analytical approaches of the humanities, this course is an interdisciplinary exploration of capitalist industrialization, its discontents and the utopian alternative of the secular epiphany put forward by the nineteenth century British Romantics as a remedy to the maladies of the industrial bourgeois civilization. The first part of the course discusses the effects of capitalist industrialization within national and global contexts, as well as the critique capitalist industrialization received within the contexts of counter-Enlightenment discourse and Romantic anti-capitalism thought. The second part of the course focuses on the secular epiphanies of the British Romantics and examines how they were offered as antidotes to the antinomies of capitalist industrialization by encoding the utopian hope of a spiritually centered and whole life.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Nektaria Klapaki
Date: 10/18/2011