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Proseminar: American Society in Transition

Semester and Year FA 2010
Course Number CORE-GG2007
Section 001
Instructor Laurin Raiken
Days Mon
Time 6:20 PM - 8:20 PM
Units 4.0
Level G
Foundation Requirement

Description

For over half a century following World War II, the industrialized Western world experienced unprecedented economic expansion and geopolitical dominance. The Cold War epoch, a period of superpower nuclear threat, turned out to be a time of relative global stability. The primary coordinator and beneficiary of the Cold War policies was the United States. More recently, the world order has been threatened by new forms of violence; major geopolitical clashes have destabilized the American economy, conservative forces have reasserted their domination of American society and reignited the Kulturkampf of the past quarter century. The world order and American society and culture are in dramatic flux. This seminar provides an interdisciplinary perspective on stability and change and the political, social, economic, and cultural dynamics of these new upheavals. We investigate the current trajectories of American society and culture in external and internal conflict. Readings may include selections from current periodicals and theorists such as Max Weber, George Simmel, Thorstein Veblen, Hans Gerth and C. Wright Mills, Dorothy Lee, Barrington Moore, Jr., Arthur J. Vidich; economists such as Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman; and cultural theorists such as John Berger.

Course Type

Graduate Core (CORE-GG)

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