RCSSCI 302 - Contemporary Social and Cultural Theory
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
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Advisory Prerequisites:
RCSSCI 301 or equivalent (as determined by the instructor).
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will provide students with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the work of prominent interdisciplinary social scientists who have tackled important issues facing the contemporary world. These scholars, most of whose work has been published over the past half century, are all highly original thinkers who have contributed greatly to the advancement of social and cultural theory as well as to the understanding of the world we live in. Each of them, in varying ways, draws on and builds on several different social science disciplines to develop their own distinctive and influential approach to such issues as the nature and desirability of capitalism and “the market;” the social goals of equality, justice, freedom and community; the rise and decline of nations and societies; and the sources of social change.

Readings will be drawn primarily from major books such as the following: Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time; Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom; Amartya Sen, Development and Freedom; Charles Lindblom, Politics and Markets; Albert Hirschman, Exit, Voice and Loyalty; Robert Frank, Passions Within Reason; Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community; Herman Daly and John Cobb, For the Common Good; Rebecca Blank & William McGurn, Is the Market Moral?; Mancur Olson, The Rise and Decline of Nations; Jared Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed; Glenn Loury, The Anatomy of Racial Inequality; Nancy Folbre, The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values; Charles Lindblom, Inquiry and Change: The Troubled Attempt to Understand and Shape Society.

RCSSCI 302 - Contemporary Social and Cultural Theory
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:00AM - 1:00PM
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