From Adam Smith to Immanuel Wallerstein: Theories of World Capitalism|
Fall 2011 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
This course will undertake a critical evaluation of some of the major theories that have shaped our social-scientific understanding of modern capitalism since its emergence as a world-system in the 16th century. Among the questions we will try to answer are the following: Why did capitalism emerge as a social system in the West in the 16th century, and not in the East (China especially), which was more advanced technologically? Once it did emerge as a social system, what are its structural characteristics (its social division of labor within countries--class, race, gender--and between countries--core, semi-periphery, and periphery), its contradictions, its ideologies, and its modus operandi (commodification of everything, accumulation of capital, mechanisms of unequal exchange and exploitation), and the possibilities for social change?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SOC)
Readings will include selections from Adam Smith, THE WEALTH OF NATIONS
Karl Marx, CAPITAL Vols. 1 and 3
Max Weber, THE PROTESTANT ETHIC AND THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISM
Kenneth Pomeranz, THE GREAT DIVERGENCE: CHINA, EUROPE, AND THE MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD ECONOMY
J.M. Blaut, THE COLONIZER'S MODEL OF THE WORLD
Karl Polanyi, THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION
Amartya Sen, DEVELOPMENT AS FREEDOM
David Harvey, NEOLIBERALISM
André Gunder Frank, RE-ORIENT
Edward Said, CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM
Jon Mandle, GLOBAL JUSTICE
Immanuel Wallerstein, THE CAPITALIST WORLD-ECONOMY and WORLD-SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
|Examination and Assignments: |
An 18-22 page research paper due at the end of the semester.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Interested students need to see professor during office hours on M-W 2:00-3:30p, PAC 315. Before meeting, students need to send a note explaining why they are interested in the course and what other courses they have taken that are relevant for this course (email@example.com).