The aim of this program is to explore desirable alternatives to capitalism and feasible strategies to challenge the perspective that There Is No Alternative (TINA). We will explore different theories and models for alternatives to capitalism in the contemporary period of global capitalism. We will study in depth the contemporary period, nationally and globally. We will examine different theories and strategies for revolution that have developed around the world, including those influenced by socialist, Marxist, anarchist, ecological, feminist and other revolutionary perspectives originating in the Global South and Global North in the past and present.
This program will analyze the participatory socialist model as developed by Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel, as well as ecosocialism, socialist feminism, the socialist experiment in Cuba, and other communities that have offered alternative visions, such as the Zaptistas in Chiapas, Mexico, Kerala State in India, Rojava in northern Syria, and Cooperation Jackson in Mississipi. We will also study the strengths and limitations of social democratic alternatives to neoliberalism such as the Pink Tide in Latin America and also alternatives to extractivism. We will examine alternatives to “free trade” agreements (FTAs) and global visions of equity and justice. We will study social movements in the U.S. and globally and radical political parties and their role in transformative change.
This program will be taught entirely online. Students can expect our remote teaching to be a blend of about 12 hours/week of synchronous (scheduled) work on zoom and up to 3 hours of asynchronous viewing films and/or listening to podcasts. Students should expect to put in 25 hours/week in addition to complete their reading, writing and other assignments. To successfully participate in this program, students will need a quiet place to read and write, as well as access to a computer with a reliable internet connection, Zoom and word processing software.
Students are expected to have completed previous study in political economy.
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political economy, community-based organizations, advocacy, public policy, law and legal rights, education, alternative justice systems, graduate school in social science, history, law, geography