Catalog Description: This course examines the fundamentally geographic nature of our current, historically unique system of material reproduction—capitalism—and how capitalist logics have shaped places and forms of life over the course of the system’s growth and change. We will explore how capitalist processes shape the rise (and inevitable fall) of places, techniques, social worlds, and divisions of labor, and pay close attention to the power relations and spatial organization that accompany them. The course provides a grounding in critical perspectives such as the Marxian, Black radical, and feminist traditions to equip students with theoretical tools to understand and interpret the spatiality of contemporary capitalism.
Prerequisites: GEOG 20 or prior courses in economic or regional development strongly suggested
Fall and/or Spring: 15 weeks - 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion per week
Grading Basis: Letter
Final Exam Status: Final exam required