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College Catalog 2015-2016 
College Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

INTL 489 - Senior Seminar: Capitalism and World (Dis)Order

Capitalism, for many, is synonymous with the “natural” exchange of goods and services through “the free market.” But fuller examination shows capitalism to be neither natural, free, nor limited to economic transactions. Capitalism more precisely is a historical social system and a way of being which now penetrates all forms of life: cultural, ecological, civic and more. This senior seminar aims to identify capitalism’s origins and development, and interrogate its contemporary status. Thinkers such as Smith, Marx, and Braudel will loom, but readings will focus on works by Beaud, Weber, Tawney, Kotz, Wallerstein, and others. The course concludes with a significant research paper on a topic, relevant to the theme, of a student’s choice. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or permission of instructor. (4 Credits)