The Heart of Capitalism: Amsterdam, London, New York
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Consumer Family Studies, Sociology
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Period 2 + 3
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.
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
Seminar, including oral presentations, discussions, written essay.
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Oral presentations (25%), active participation in discussions in class (10%), written essay (65%)
Basic knowledge of 19th and 20th century history
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