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 Course Title:   States and Capitalism: the Origins of Western Wealth and Power

 Title Abbreviation:   STATES AND CAPITALISM

 Department:    IS

 Course #:    200

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

An examination of the dramatic re-organization of western society between the 15th and 19th centuries, viewed from the perspectives of History, Economics and Political Science.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
UW IS 200 the same course

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define modernity and identify its social, political, and economic effects.
  2. Detail the evolution of international capitalism during the 15th - 19th centuries.
  3. Recount the major crises and turning points of the European system up to 1914.
  4. Identify and explain some of the significant forces that drive change in the institutions governing the international system.
  5. Explain the tensions between modern liberal capitalism and alternative approaches to economic and political organization.
  6. Identify and utilize alternative perspectives for analyzing and developing policies regarding the relationship between the modern state and markets.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.
0.4 Integrate concepts and analytical frameworks from multiple perspectives to develop one or more of the following: more comprehensive descriptions, multi-causal explanations, new interpretations, or deeper explorations of issues.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.7 Identify and evaluate connections and relationships among disciplines.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.2 Identify diverse communities and their shared/competing interests and develop strategies for prevention and resolution of conflict.

Course Contents

  1. The history and evolution of modern capitalism
  2. Organization of capitalism as an economic system
  3. Ideology of capitalism in both historical and political context
  4. Transformation of capitalism during the Industrial Revolution
  5. Analysis of capitalism in the United States and Western Europe
  6. Critiques of capitalism, such as Socialism and Communism.