Rethinking Capitalism
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Economics
Course Number: GECO 5250
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Rethinking Capitalism explores the phenomenon of capitalism in the contemporary world order from a multidisciplinary perspective. Several aims inform its design. The first is to consider the nature of capitalism as a distinctive social formation. The second aim is to grasp two crucial foundations of capitalism, property and labor, and to examine their presumed opposites. The third is to analyze the sustainability of reproducing modern capitalism in light of several important contradictions since the 1970s: weakening aggregate demand, growing socioeconomic inequalities and mounting ecological crises. The last aim of the course is to explore the theme of alternatives: to examine proposals, reforms and trends to limit, reorganize or transcend the contradictions of capitalism. The course is organized into four interrelated modules: (1) Introduction to Capitalism (2) Property and Labor (3) Sustainability of Capitalism (4) Alternatives to Existing Capitalist Societies. It addresses these themes through a series of lectures and discussions--taught by Daniel Boscov-Ellen (Philosophy), Johanna Oksala (Politics), Julia Ott (History), Gustav Peebles (Anthropology), Sanjay Ruparelia (Politics), Paulo dos Santos (Economics) and Mark Setterfield (Economics)--that reflect diverse intellectual traditions and disciplinary perspectives.
Course Open to: Degree Students