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Fall 2014 First-Year Seminar BC1286 section 001
CULTURE, ETHICS & ECONOMICS

Call Number 00801
Day & Time
Location
MW 11:40am-12:55pm
201 Lehman Hall (Barnard)
Points 3
Approvals Required None
Instructor Sonia Pereira
Type SEMINAR
Course Description What if humans were only capable of caring for their own interests? What kind of economic world could we expect to find? One in which the common good would be attained by market forces, or one in which many would be left behind? This course uses a diversity of sources to examine the interplay of culture, ethics and economics. The starting point is Adam Smith's work. Economists and policy makers have focused on one side of Adam Smith's work represented by self-regarding behavior and the supremacy of the invisible hand in market functioning. However, Adam Smith also pointed out that one of humans' central emotions is "sympathy", a natural tendency to care about the well-being of others. In light of the recent events as well as research this other side of Adam Smith's work appears now more relevant. We analyze evidence of cooperative versus self-regarding behaviors and its relationship with the economy, human evolution and cultural values in a variety of settings. Readings include works from Adam Smith, Milton Freedman, Charles Dickens, David Rockefeller and Chris Gardner.
Web Site CourseWorks
Department First-Year Seminar Program @Barnard
Enrollment 14 students as of 11:36PM Friday, October 31, 2014
Subject First-Year Seminar
Number BC1286
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Open To Barnard
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20143FYSB1286X001

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