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

SOC 395-01 - Advanced Special Topic: Political Economy of Neoliberalism

4 credits (Spring)
The term “neoliberalism” is typically associated with a set of initiatives and strategies intended to recognize the functions of the state in line with corporate interests, and which result in diminished life chances among poor and working people and increasing inequality, overall. But how did this shift in policy preferences come about? Where did it emerge, and why, and with what implications, domestic and global? What is “new” about neoliberalism? How does it differ from what came before? The course sets out to answer these questions beginning with a look into increased competition between industrial powers in the US and Western Europe in the 1970s and 1980s. The course continues with an assessment of the technological, financial, and communications innovations that followed, and which reverberate to this day. We will then seek to connect these innovations and  related shifts in the functions of the state and actions of political and economic elites to a series of economic crises: Latin America in the 1980s; Asia in the 1990s; the United States, in 2008; and in Greece and China, more recently. Weekly analytical memos will be collected; students will also submit a final research paper approximately 10,000 -
12,000 words in length.

Prerequisite: SOC 111 ANT 104 , ECN 111 , or POL 101  and one 200-level course in sociology, anthropology, economics, or political science.
Instructor: inglis