HUMN561 - Society, Class and Wealth
Course Code: HUMN561 Course ID: 3519 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate
This course builds upon the study of distinctive perspectives of the social sciences. Course topics include the development of modern political and social understanding as it relates to the impact of economic issues on societies. Readings for this course include: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality; Max Weber, The Protestant Work Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism; Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations; Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Selected Works.
CO-1: Analyze some key works by some of the most influential political philosophers in western thought
CO-2: Synthesize approaches to a range of political and economic theories
CO-3: Extrapolate contemporary issues and concerns, by, for example, discussing lack of women and minorities represented in standard discourse in this area of study.
C0-4: Apply competent writing skills in short essays and a research essay of potentially publishable quality
|Week 1 Forum||5.00 %|
|Week 2 Forum||5.00 %|
|Week 3 Forum||5.00 %|
|Week 4 Forum||5.00 %|
|Week 5 Forum||5.00 %|
|Week 6 Forum||5.00 %|
|Week 7 Forum||5.00 %|
|Week 8 Forum||5.00 %|
|Week 2: Final Project Proposal||11.67 %|
|Week 4: Annotated Bibliography||11.67 %|
|Week 6: Final Project Abstract||11.67 %|
|Final Project||25.00 %|
|Week 8: Final Project||25.00 %|
Each week we will focus on one key author. Each student should choose one chapter from each work for deep focus for analysis in both forums and essays.
Extracts from the following texts/authors.
Week one: Ibn Khuldan: Muqaddimah
Week two: Thomas Hobbes: The Leviathan
Week three: John Lo>Week four: Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Emile, The Social Contract, Confessions
Week five: Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America
Week six: Adam Smith: Wealth of Nations
Week seven: Karl Marx: Communist Manifesto and Das Kapitale
Week eight: Carol Pateman and Charles Mills: The Sexual Contract and The Racial Contract.
RECOMMENDED REFERENCES (For All Humanities Majors)
- Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed. NY: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003.
- Marius, Richard, and Melvin E. Page. A Short Guide to Writing about History, 6th ed. New York: Longman, 2007.
Accessible through The Online Library.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Department of Humanities requires conformity with the traditional MLA Handbook.
|Book Title:||Democracy in America - alternate sources available online at http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/DETOC/home.html|
|Book Title:||Leviathan - alternate sources available online at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3207|
|Book Title:||The Muqaddimah -alternate sources available online at http://www.muslimphilosophy.com/ik/Muqaddimah|
|Book Title:||The Second Treatise of Government - alternate sources available online at http://www.constitution.org/jl/2ndtreat.htm|
|Book Title:||A Discourse on Inequality (Penguin Classics) - Available free online at http://www.bartleby.com/34/3/|
|Book Title:||The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (Routledge Classics) - alternate sources available online at http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/weber/toc.html|
|Book Title:||The Wealth of Nations - alternate sources available online at http://www.econlib.org/library/Smith/smWN.html|
|Book Title:||The Marx-Engels Reader - alternate sources available online at http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/cw/index.htm|
Not current for future courses.