The Evergreen State College:
What has become of us?:
Political Economic Ethnography
In this online course, we will examine essential questions such as: How have recent generations of our family been impacted by economic policies? How can the stories of family members shine a light on how the economy works/doesn't work for everyday people? We hope to capture some of the economic stories of our family as a way to paint an intimate portrait of the economy through personal narratives, maps, timelines and photos. Having these stories and connecting them to political economic analysis of neoliberalism will offer a new way of illuminating everyday spaces within the economy. We will study the power of using storytelling as a tool to connect our own lives to the larger social, political, and economic contexts of recent decades and to help us learn key political economy and research concepts.
NOTE: Students who take the course for more than 4 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can find a solution.