University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

POLIS 2107 - Passions and Interests: The History of Greed

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Check with School
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Incompatible: POLI 2017, POLI 2107, POLI 3017
Assessment: Tutorial assessment 10%, Minor Essay 30%, Major Essay 60%
Syllabus:

The course attempts to solve the puzzle of how greed was transformed from a Deadly Sin (avarice) to a cool virtue. How could Gordon Gecko manage seduce his audience so easily in the movie Wall Street with his 'Greed is Good' speech? How did we get from there to here? The course will canvas seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century responses to the emergence of market society and will trace the demise of classical, feudal and Renaissance idealism and the emerging 'bourgeois' mentality of the enlightenment era. The transformation of commercial activity from a base occupation to its culmination as a 'calling' is explored as part of an intellectual history of the legitimation of the idea of greed. This history will cover, among other things, an exploration of the following institutions, phenomena and ideas: self-interest; the division of labour; markets; luxury; the proper role of the state: liberalism and its critics; progress; virtue; classical communitarianism, anarchism, utilitarianism, classical political economy, the guaranteed basic income and the Grameen Bank. The course will conclude with a close study of the film Wall Street and a reflection on whether enlightened self-interest is enough to keep societies in motion. Featured thinkers include: Marcus Aurelius, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Mandeville, Adam Smith, Marx, Weber, Hayek, Fukuyama, Singer and van Parjis.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Mon 16/03/2020 Thu 26/03/2020 Fri 08/05/2020 Fri 12/06/2020


Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
11670 LE01 80 16 3 Mar - 7 Apr Tuesday 2pm - 3pm Lower Napier, LG28, Lecture Theatre
5 Mar - 9 Apr Thursday 3pm - 4pm Badger, G31, Macbeth Lecture Theatre
28 Apr - 2 Jun Tuesday 2pm - 3pm Lower Napier, LG28, Lecture Theatre
30 Apr - 4 Jun Thursday 3pm - 4pm Badger, G31, Macbeth Lecture Theatre
Related Class: Tutorial
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
11671 TU03 22 6 5 Mar - 9 Apr Thursday 4pm - 5pm Hartley, 108b, Teaching Room
30 Apr - 4 Jun Thursday 4pm - 5pm Hartley, 108b, Teaching Room
11672 TU02 22 2 5 Mar - 9 Apr Thursday 1pm - 2pm Lower Napier, LG12, Teaching Room
30 Apr - 4 Jun Thursday 1pm - 2pm Lower Napier, LG12, Teaching Room
11673 TU01 22 8 3 Mar - 7 Apr Tuesday 4pm - 5pm Badger, LG17, Teaching Room
28 Apr - 2 Jun Tuesday 4pm - 5pm Badger, LG17, Teaching Room
18691 TU04 22 8 5 Mar - 9 Apr Thursday 10am - 11am Hartley, 108b, Teaching Room
30 Apr - 4 Jun Thursday 10am - 11am Hartley, 108b, Teaching Room