SOA 350: Read Soc & Anthro Lit

Prerequisite: SOA 101 or SOA 111

Directed readings and analysis in selected sociological topics. Cross-listed as WMS 350 with appropriate topic.

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Topic: Capitalism,War & Irrationality

3.00 credits
Section 01: Undergraduate Lecture

Location: Synchronous Online

Class: #13802

Tue, Jan 19, 2021 - Wed, Apr 28, 2021


This course will examine capitalism and war, two of the most environmentally destructive forces in the universe. Why do soldiers kill and die for freedom? Are the dead free? Why do patriotic Americans support Middle Eastern wars to provide oil for Exxon-Mobil? Why did poor White Southerners proudly fight to give a few rich slave owners vast plantations? How did Nazis gain control of Germany, not promising personal prosperity, but ¿discipline, fidelity, honor?¿ We will explore these and many other questions about why many people's political-economic identities contradict their rational self-interests.


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