Neoliberalism and its Discontents (SCT4150.01)

Ella Ben Hagai

In this course, we will conduct a cross-disciplinary examination of neoliberalism’s effects on political movements, cultural productions, and individual psychologies. We will explore how neoliberalism affects political systems and populist movements reacting to it (e.g. Trumpism). Moving away from the economic and political spheres, we will examine how neoliberal regimes have reconfigured education, policing, and cultural production (e.g. the art world). We will investigate the neoliberal imperative to brand the self and become an identity entrepreneur, as well as features of the neoliberal personality. This class is a hybrid of a speaker series and a discussion seminar. Some meetings will involve attending talks and engaging with a visiting distinguished professor. Other parts of the class will involve writing reflection papers and creating a research project related to neoliberalism and its discontents.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Credits: 2
M 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Maximum Enrollment: 15
This course is categorized as 4000, All courses, Ella Ben Hagai, Monday and/or Thursday Afternoons, SCT, Two Credit, Updates.