For our International Honors program, an alternative general education program. January 2018
Economic Anxiety, Consumer Culture, and the Limits of Materialism
In this course we’ll draw on insights from economists, psychologists, humanists, and political scientists to better understand why economic anxiety is intensifying, how consumer culture reinforces materialistic values, and the negative consequences of both. We’ll also explore case studies of communities and countries that are intentionally pursuing pro-social values as we reassess and refine our preconceived notions about money’s importance. Ultimately, we’ll ask, what is the contrasting impact of materialistic and pro-social values on our fellow citizens, the earth, and ourselves.