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A few First-Year Seminars give preference during the first round of enrolment to students with membership in the college offering the course - if this is the case, the college name will be listed beside the course title. During the second round of enrolment, first-year students at any college may enroll if space is available.

Refer to the 2016-17 Arts & Science Timetable for the schedule information of each offering.

2016-2017 SII 199Y1Y: Society and Its Institutions (3) | View All

Section Title College
L0181 Seminar in the History of Economic Thought  
L0182 Economics and Sustainable, Green Development  
L0261 Capitalism, the First 3000 Years  
L0351 Social Justice and the City  
L0352 Explaining Political Transitions  
L0391 How We Use Time in Everyday Life  

2016-2017 SII 199Y1 Society and Its Institutions: Category 3                              

SII 199Y1Y | Section L0181                                                               

Seminar in the History of Economic Thought
This seminar surveys the foundations of economics by reading the original texts of major economists. We focus on Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Alfred Marshall, and John Maynard Keynes because their books revolutionized economic thought by introducing Classical economics, Marxian economics, Microeconomics, and Macroeconomics respectively. We will see how their theories are solutions to universal economic problems within the context of the societies in which they lived.

Instructor: K. Furlong, Economics
Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions

SII 199Y1Y | Section L0182                                                               

Economics and Sustainable, Green Development
Economic growth has been a powerful force through history in improving living standards throughout the world. At the same time, there is a growing recognition that environmental damage frequently accompanies this growth, whether it be at the local level (soil degradation and deforestation), or the global level (climate change). Economic analysis studies the analysis of scarce resources, but how can it incorporate "the environment" in a meaningful way that can help guide policy-makers in the 21st century? How can the trade-off between growth and the environment (if there is one) be assessed? What is "sustainable" or "green" development? This course explores the development of economic thinking and analysis as pertains to growth and its incorporation of the value of the environment, with a strong focus on the core ideas, especially as applied through "cost-benefit analysis."

Instructor: M. Anjomshoa, Economics
Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions

SII 199Y1Y | Section L0261                                                                   

Capitalism, the First 3000 Years
Celebrated and decried, held up by some as the natural state of affairs, critiqued by others as an unjust construct, capitalism is an inescapable part of globalized life. Capitalism also has a long and contested history, which wel will explore through critical reading and seminar discussion. Students will read a wide range of texts: primary and secondary sources, canonical works in economic theory, social history, sociology, anthropology and literary criticism, as well as a variety of cultural works (plays, novels and films) that engage with course themes. Students will also engage in a range of critical writing exercises, aimed at developing their writing skills.

Instructor: P. Cohen, History
Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions

SII 199Y1Y | Section L0351                                                               

Social Justice and the City
Who benefits and who loses from urban transformation? This course is an introduction to the concept of social justice from an urban perspective. It will highlight how unequal relations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability operate through the urban environment, and how these conditions can be contested through political mobilization. A variety of cases from cities around the world are used to explore issues related to segregation, gentrification, policing, migration, and access to public spaces and services.

Instructor: T. Enright, Political Science
Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions

SII 199Y1Y | Section L0352                                                               

Explaining Political Transitions
This course explores the dynamics of regime change from a comparative and historical perspective. In particular, it focuses on the factors that facilitate and inhibit radical political change. Varying modes of change are analyzed including social revolution, radical reform, fundamentalist reactions, and restructuring from above. Examples will be drawn largely from the experience of authoritarian and post-authoritarian transitions in the Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Asia Pacific. The post-1970s global wave of democratizing initiatives will be discussed at length as well as the post-Communist rebuilding of political institutions in Eastern Europe and Asia.

Instructor: V. Falkenheim, Political Science
Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions

SII 199Y1Y | Section L0391                                                               

How We Use Time in Everyday Life
In substance, this seminar examines how people use time in their everyday lives: the content, the patterns, and the implications. This analysis focuses on the circumstances under which variations in the use of time occur and the role of context – such as social factors or physical location – in governing people’s choices. The data collected can serve as a model for understanding and explaining a number of issues in the social sciences. The seminar will include both an examination of seminal writings about people’s use of time and hands-on practice in the strategies and techniques of analyzing data, including the formulation of questions and approaches to answering them. Through this seminar, students will acquire – from a sociological perspective – an appreciation not only of the concept of time but also of how they use time in their daily lives and how time-use helps them better understand many situations.

Instructor: W. Michelson, Sociology
Breadth category: 3 Society and Its Institutions