RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Section: 008 Goods and Goodness
Term: WN 2018
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.

What is the good in buying organic milk, a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone case, or a sweatshirt with a “Made in USA” label? Should people try to effect social, economic, and environmental change through their purchasing habits? How should businesses respond to critiques of their products and practices? What is the role of the state in regulating and certifying those products and practices? In this course, we will examine “ethical consumerism” by tracing its antecedents and placing them in context. We will study the ways in which labor rights activists, environmentalists, and critics of the global trade economy have shaped both the kinds of goods we make and purchase as well as our ideas of what make goods good. We will ask: how do ideas of “goodness” affect the things that we make and buy, give and take, keep as treasure and toss out as trash? To address this question, we will investigate the moral claims that were central in foundational debates of what the economy is. Readings for this course provide students with a grounding in classic theories of political economy, including those of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and Max Weber. We also examine recent scholarship in anthropology, history, sociology, religious studies, and related disciplines that delves into questions of ethics and morality as they both intersect with and are embedded in economic life

RCSSCI 360 - Social Science Junior Seminar
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
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23638
Open
15
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
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30888
Open
39
 
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Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
004 (SEM)
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24682
Open
12
 
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W 5:00PM - 8:00PM
005 (SEM)
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22414
Open
30
 
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Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
006 (SEM)
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31675
Open
15
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
007 (SEM)
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31950
Open
15
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 10:00PM
008 (SEM)
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32118
Open
8
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
009 (SEM)
P
32715
Open
21
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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