Syllabus+-++Econ+243+-+Political+Economy+of+R-C-G-HN+-+Spring+2016 - THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GENDER RACE AND CLASS Economics 243 Wellesley College


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THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GEN D ER, RACE AN D CLASS Economics 243, Wellesley College, Spring 2016 Professor Julie Matthaei Office Hours: Economics Department Mon., 5:20-6 pm; Thurs.5:30-6:30 pm PNE 423, x2181 & by appointment Soo Jin So, Teaching Assistant The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles. -- Mahatma Gandhi Objectivity is male subjectivity, made unquestionable. --Adrienne Rich No problem can be solved by the level of consciousness that created it. --Albert Einstein Be the change you want to see in the world. --Mahatma Gandhi Youth should be radical. Youth should demand change in the world. Youth should not accept the old order if the world is to move on. But the old orders should not be moved easily — certainly not at the mere whim or behest of youth. There must be clash and if youth hasn’t enough force or fervor to produce the clash the world grows stale and stagnant and sour in decay. –William Allen White If to change ourselves is to change our worlds, and the relation is reciprocal, then the project of history making is never a distant one but always right here, on the borders of our sensing, thinking, feeling, moving bodies. --J.K. Gibson-Graham Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love. --Martin Luther King Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he can rob the world. --Greg Palast
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2 OVERVIEW AND GOALS This course is built on the premise that the current economy is in a transformative moment of crisis, with the potential for deep-seated, positive transformation from the Inequality Paradigm to the Solidarity Paradigm. It studies three aspects of this breakdown and transformation: the ways in which gender, race, class, and human/nature differentiation and inequality have been built into our economy; the various solidarity processes and social movements which have been transforming them; and the new, solidarity economic values, practices and institutions which have been arising as a result of these movements. The general theoretical framework of this class is radical economics – a loosely defined body of economic theories grounded in the work of Karl Marx, a classical economist and activist of the mid-nineteenth century. Radical economic theory is very different from current mainstream theory in the U.S. -- studied here at Wellesley and in most economics departments in the U.S. – which based on a model developed by Walras, Jevons, and Menger (neoclassical economics of the last half of the nineteenth century). As we work through the topics of this course, we will also be indirectly and sometimes directly comparing the different ways in which these two bodies of theory view these topics, and studying critiques of the mainstream economic theory that is taught in “core” economics classes. If you would like to explore radical economics
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