Institutions of Modern Capitalism

A cluster of modern skyscrapers, with yachts docked in a harbor at their feet

The skyline of Dubai, a city that has expanded quickly with the advent of global capitalism. (Photo courtesy of e_kaspersky on Flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.)


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Spring 2020



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This course introduces students to a set of analytic tools and conceptual frameworks through which to assess the origins and evolution of the institutions that constitute modern capitalism. The course takes an inter-disciplinary political economy approach that draws insights from economics, sociology, political science, history, geography, science and technology studies, and law. 

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Jason Jackson. 11.409 Institutions of Modern Capitalism. Spring 2020. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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