Introduction to Capitalism Studies

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Intro to Capitalism Studies
Spring 2024
Taught By: Julia Ott
Section: AX

CRN: 14578

Credits: 4

What are we talking about when we talk about ‘capitalism’? This course starts from the premise that capitalism must be explained, rather than assumed. Capitalism is a social process, a system of relationships made by people, not nature. Institutions, history, power relations, and culture shape the specific form that capitalism assumes in any given place at any particular moment. Major themes of the course include: definitions and origins of capitalism; division of labor, goods, opportunity and wealth through markets and non-market mechanisms; the co-evolution of capitalism and racialized chattel slavery; the relationship between capitalism and democracy; possibilities for and constraints upon justice under capitalism; inequality, debt, and austerity; innovation, technology, and the state; the limits and boundaries of capitalism.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (HIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:04pm EDT 6/13/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 259
Date Range: 1/26/2024 - 5/10/2024