SOCI-178-01 Capitalism: Culture, Markets, Power
Fall for 2016-2017
TR 5:00-6:15 PM

Max Weber and Emile Durkheim offered a concise definition of Economic Sociology: “the sociological perspective applied to economic phenomena.” Early sociologists were interested in the causes and consequences of the rise of capitalism. Interest in economic effects viewed through a sociological lens was thin as the 20th century progressed. But, by the 1980s economic sociology began to gain more attention as capitalism spread into various aspects of global society.

This course covers economic sociology’s general concerns amid economic systems, institutions, and behavior in the capitalist system. We will also explore intersections to the economy such as education, religion, and technology.

Aspects of this course will be conducted more like a seminar than a traditional lecture. The expectation is that students not only sit and take notes, but participate and be able to discuss the topics covered in class. Students are expected to complete all assigned readings for critical discussion in class. While economic sociology encompasses a breadth of theory and methodology this course will be an experience more closely related to a food tasting tour. We will sample different paradigms, methods, and topics each week looking at economic situations and causation through the lens of a sociologist. In some ways this course will be similar to socioeconomics where we will consider very specific economic situations and examine the potential sociological effects.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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