Neoliberalism in the Neighborhood: Researching Recent History in Your Hometown

Summer 2017 quarter (Full Session)

Taught by

political economy


There are no prerequisites, and throughout the class we will be sure to make all concepts and terms relevant, concrete, and understandable.

Consider how much has changed since the 1970s... Epochal economic restructuring has resulted in massive growth in inequality, increases in corporate power, acceleration of climate change, etc. It's the economics of the 1%, and the term “neoliberalism” is used to describe the package of economic policies, political priorities and ideas that legitimize these changes. We see it in how the structure of the world around us has changed, and we can examine and research these changes right in our own neighborhoods. This class offers an introduction to the political economy of our times and a chance to research key aspects of neoliberalism and resistance to it in our communities.

Students who take the course for more than four credits will have the option of doing independent projects and readings related to deepening the learning and work of the course. For the 8 credit students we will set up weekly meetings based on your availability. 12 and 16 credit students will complete the additional work over the full summer session. If you are absolutely unable to meet at the listed hours, but are still interested in the class, email me at, and we can find a solution.


Program Details

Fields of Study

history law and public policy political economy sociology

Preparatory For

Education, popular education, social movements, teaching and learning in diverse environments, community work, social work, economic justice, multicultural history and polycultural studies, graduate school in social science, history, law, geography and political economy, alternative justice systems, among others.


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

All students meet Tue/Thu, 1-5 pm; additional credits scheduled by arrangement

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning