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2021-2022 Catalog

GOVT 248 Capitalism and its Critics

This course examines both the political goods that are associated with capitalism (freedom, democracy, etc.)-and challengers (classic and contemporary) who argue that this economic form has rather more problematic social effects. We will read texts that address a wide range of questions, ranging from poverty, to capitalist labor markets, to the marketization of greater domains of life (e.g. bodily organs, water, education), to the impact of market values on democratic practice. [SS, V, W]


GOVT 104 or permission of instructor