World-Systems Theory – 25489 SOC480 - 001
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Sociologists study the interrelationships between social institutions in the modern world. The discipline has had a long standing interest in the relationship between politics and economics and their effect on social facts such stratification, social change, and accepted forms of knowledge. This course examines these interrelationships by focusing first on classic statements in both economic and sociological thought: Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes, Karl Marx and Max Weber. The course ultimately arrives at Immanuel Wallerstein’s “world-systems theory,” which is used to contextualize the contemporary period. Specific empirical examples from our era will be examined from this theory’s perspective, as will possible future trends.
Paul Paolucci, Eastern Kentucky University
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