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THE 562 Ethics and Economics

This course examines socioeconomic phenomena through the lens of ethical concepts and traditions. Students will consider the nature of capitalism, the socialist critique of capitalism, poverty, the link between race, gender, and poverty, worker justice, globalization, consumerism, environmental concerns, and sustainable development and economic rights. The course utilizes ancient and contemporary sources from the Christian tradition, with particular emphasis on Catholic social thought, to examine issue of economic justice. However, resources from economics, sociology, and political economy comprise a major component of the course. This course incorporates historical arguments and contemporary critiques and includes both local and global perspectives.