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Spring 2022 Political Science BC3048 section 001
Capitalism and its Critics

Call Number 00503
Day & Time
W 11:00am-12:50pm
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required Instructor
Instructor Alyssa Battistoni
Course Description Capitalism is usually thought of as an economic system, but what does it have to do with politics? This course examines how thinkers of contrasting perspectives have understood capitalism politically. Some have celebrated the market as an escape from coercion, while others criticize it as a source of disguised domination; some see capitalism as leveling social hierarchies, while others point to its creation of class and racial hierarchy; some see capitalism as an engine of wealth creation and heightened living standards, while others emphasize its destruction of existing ways of life and production of inequality; some see capitalism as an engine of peace, while others emphasize its reliance on violence. In particular, we will consider the relationship between state and market, moral critiques of markets and exchange, analyses of the role of force and violence in accumulation, and theories of freedom and domination.
Web Site Vergil
Department Political Science @Barnard
Enrollment 15 students (16 max) as of 8:02AM Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Subject Political Science
Number BC3048
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20221POLS3048X001

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