The Heart of Capitalism: Amsterdam, London, New York

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Heart of Capitalism: Amsterdam, London, New York

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Consumer Family Studies, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Period 2 + 3

    Level: 200

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    Learning to carry out research on a case-study on a limited scale largely independently and according to schedule; learning to report effectively on research results both orally and in writing; learning to interpret literature and source materials within the context of a larger debate/theory in urban studies and economic and social history; learning to take a well-argued position in a scholarly debate.

    COURSE CONTENT
    Capitalism has a heart, at least in an economic and geographical sense. The heart of capitalism moves in the course of time. Between the late 18th century and the early 21th century it shifted from Amsterdam to London to New York. This course deals with the role of Amsterdam, London and New york in the rise of capitalism and the impact of their economic fortunes on the social, cultural and spatial development of the city. Our framework will be the new historiography of capitalism and the on-going debates on ‘global’ and ‘creative’ cities.

    After this course you understand the long-term history of capitalism, you understand the relationship between large-scale economic changes and the social hierarchy, social tensions, creativity, consumer culture and spatial order in global cities, you are familiar with theoretical concepts and methodologies to study capitalism and urban developments. And you also learn something about the outlines of the histories of Amsterdam, London and New York

    TEACHING METHODS
    Seminar, including oral presentations, discussions, written essay.

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Oral presentations (25%), active participation in discussions in class (10%), written essay (65%)

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    Basic knowledge of 19th and 20th century history

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