Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions for ISF 100A are available for fall 2017. See course description below.
ISF 100A Introduction to Social Theory and Cultural Analysis
Instructor: Rakesh Bhandari (email@example.com) Lecture: TTH 12:30-2PM, North Gate 105
Sect. 101 Class # 15446 Mondays 3-4PM 54 Barrows
Sect. 103 Class #15447 Tuesdays, 9-10AM Wheeler 30
Sect. 104 Class # 15448 Tuesdays 3-4PM Location: Dwinelle 106
(section times are subject to change)
ISF 100A is an interdisciplinary introduction to social theory and cultural analysis. We'll read Marx's Capital and compare it to Thomas Piketty's economic theory of patrimonial capitalism and Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello's sociological account of network capitalism. Then we'll read Max Weber's Protestant Work Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. We'll compare Weber's account of the origins and uniqueness of Western modernity to Prasannan Parthsarathi's historical arguments against overdrawing the differences between early modern Europe and Asia. We will also explore Weber's dark view of modernity and modern rationalization through the critical theoretical account of The Origins of Nazi Violence by Enzo Traverso. Finally we'll compare Weber's cultural theory of the origins of Western modernity to the political one developed by James Robinson and Daron Acemoglu. I am looking for GSI's who will enjoy working across the disciplines (economics, sociology, history, political science and critical theory) in thinking through the legacies of the two great pre-disciplinary thinkers Karl Marx and Max Weber.