The Sociology of Finance and Debt

General Information
Teacher: 
dr Christoph Sorg
25-26.11, 5-6.12.2019
ECTS: 
2
Course Description: 

Monday – 25.11.2019

17.15 – 18.45 (room 107)  

 

Tuesday – 26.11.2019

17.15 – 18.45 (room 207)     

 

Thursday – 05.12.2019

14.00 – 15.30 (room 201)     

15.30 – 17.00 (room 201)   

17.00-17.45 (room 201)

 

Friday – 06.12.2019

9.45 – 11.15 (room 208)   

11.15 – 12.45 (room 208)

12.45 – 14.15 (room 208)

 

The recent North Atlantic Financial and Economic Crisis in 2007 and the recent European Debt Crisis have reignited interest in studying debt and financialization. From microcredits to US mortgages, from Greek public debt to dictatorial debt after the Arab Spring: debt continues to be a pivotal issue of political economy and contentious politics. This class will introduce students to different approaches of studying finance and debt in the social sciences. The class will feature discussions about fundamental economic concepts: markets, labor, property, planning, capitalism, socialism, etc. Students will read one text per session from political economy, economic sociology, economic anthropology, and heterodox economics. No prior knowledge in economics is required, but economics students are welcome to join (and study their discipline from a sociological perspective). Students are asked to actively participate in discussions and present one of the texts.