Mar 01, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024
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HIST 2300 - Capitalism and Its Critics: An Intellectual History

This course traces the ideas and practices that created the capitalist system in early modern Europe, saw its eventual rise to dominance by the late nineteenth century, and in so doing generated and continues to generate considerable criticism and a vibrant debate. This course both engages contemporary concerns and provides an historical account of the ideas and patterns of practice that shaped western and world economic culture from the sixteenth to the end of the twentieth century. It challenges students to understand capitalism less as a hegemonic, clearly-defined force, but rather as a multi-faceted concept that has, throughout history and in our own time, informed the beliefs and actions of kings, philosophers, economists, producers, consumers, and citizens.

Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr
Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Constructed World
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2SS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 1.0 discussion
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMAH Arts & Humanities
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:  

  • Students will be able to describe and then critique different historians’ arguments about the major developments of capitalist and non-capitalist thought.
  • Students will be able to describe the citizen’s role in an always evolving, interactive world of individual rights, governmental responsibilities, and entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Students will be able to describe the relationships among society, politics, and the economy from a variety of perspectives.
  • Students will be able to assess and compare the freedom of the individual in capitalist and non-capitalist thought.
  • Students will be able to interpret primary sources on political economy within their original historical context.
  • Students will be able to state conclusions and related outcomes (consequences and implications) logically and in a priority order.

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