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Skidmore College
First-Year Experience

Scribner Seminar Program
Course Description

Political Economy and Her Poor

Instructor(s): William Lewis, Philosophy and Religion

One reality of political economy is that she has always had her poor, her masses, her multitudes. In addition to listening to the poor represent their own experiences, this course will use the tools of the social sciences, philosophy, and literature to understand how and why the poor are perennial.  Special attention will be given to understanding the Occupy Wall Street movement (and its focus on the multitude it has branded "the 99%") as this movement represents the complex relationships among political, cultural, and economic institutions and processes.

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