Home » 2011/2012 GE Model » PHIL2001 / FSHG213 – Capitalism and Morality
Suggested Year of Study:2 to 4theme-3
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:3
Offering unit:FAH



Course Description

This course investigates the relationship between capitalism and morality. After tracing the religious roots of capitalism, central features such as the free exchange of products, private property, ideology, and alienation will be systematically elaborated. Different forms such as corporate, free markets, and casino capitalism will be distinguished and related to questions of legitimation, justice and the good life. During the second half of the course we will analyze the impact of global capitalism on culture and politics. Finally, we will pursue the question whether it is still possible to conceive of reasonable alternatives to capitalist modes of production.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Be familiar with different theories addressing the relationship with capitalism and morality;
  2. Creatively apply and extend the concept from the discussed theories to contemporary social and economic reality;
  3. Become attentive to pathologies arising from capitalism at home and abroad and learn to analyze them;
  4. Interpret classical and contemporary texts and engage in self-reflective reasoning.