Program(s): Undergraduate Courses
*Taught Online for Summer 2021* The “Self, Culture, and Society” sequence introduces students to a broad range of social scientific theories and methodologies that deepen their understanding of basic problems of cultural, social, and historical existence. The first “quarter” deals with the conceptual foundations of political economy and theories of capitalism and meaning in modern society. The social theories of Ibn Khaldun, Smith, Marx, and Weber, supplemented by historical and ethnographic works, serve as points of departure for considering the characterizing features of the modern world. Particular emphasis is given to socioeconomic structure, theories of historical change, possibilities for individual freedom, the meaning of work, and globalization. Classes are conducted as discussion seminars, rather than lecures, focused on the texts assigned. The focus will be on understanding complex arguments regarding the nature of modern social life.
Students must be comfortable with seminar-style discussion
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