Intellectuals, western modernity,
and the new global economy.
course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to key concepts, methodologies,
and theoretical trends
in the social sciences and humanities.
We will first study the
foremost classical texts in modern social theory and cultural analysis
such as Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, Antonio Gramsci, the Frankfurt
School (Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Habermas),
Simone de Beauvoir, Giddens, Touraine, and feminist standpoint theory
(Patricia Collins). We will then examine the theoretical limits of western
modernity by examining the work of
Frantz Fanon (colonial politics), Amartya Sen (postcolonial economics),
Vandana Shiva (neo-colonial political economy), and Gustavo Gutierrez’s
Latinamerican liberation theology. We will conclude the course by
exploring recent trends in social theory (Manuel Castells)
which reflect on fundamental paradigm shifts in global economies
since 1989. These shifts
pertain to the transition of state socialism to market economies on
the one hand (alternative modernities), and the nexus between finance
capitalism, information technology revolution, and the network society
on the other hand (the new economy).
The goal of the course is to provide the students with exciting
interdisciplinary analytical tools and with a critical awareness of
their applicability limits -- and hence the need for the production
of new concepts -- in changing global economies,
societies, and cultures.
more Information visit: http://learning.berkeley.edu/holub
will read the assigned weekly readings before coming to class. Lecture
attendance is required and a sign-up sheet will be passed around.
Since this class is required for ISF students, and since there are about
100 pages or more of reading per week, students are strongly encouraged
to form study groups and meet regularly outside class.