Syllabus: Introduction to Workplace, Organizational, and Economic Democracy ("the COVID-19 edition")

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Pre-Course Reading and Course Text

The course text is Jim Stanford’s book, Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism (Pluto Press, 2015). This book will be our reference guide. Our take-up of economic democracy as “alternative” to capitalism will be informed by Stanford’s’ accessible and critical overview of capitalism and its neoliberal variety – our era’s still dominant but currently at-risk economic model. COVID-19 will likely force capitalism to transform itself into another variety, which we will discuss throughout the class.

Here are a few other readings – mostly short – that you should review before the class starts to orient yourself to our times and the themes of the “COVID-19 edition” of this course:


Week 1 (May 4-8, 2020)
Setting the Stage and Key Concepts (Modules 1 and 2)

Go to Week 1, Modules 1 and 2

Week 2 (May 11-15, 2020)
Theorizing Economic Democracy (Modules 3 and 4)

Go to Week 2, Modules 3 and 4

Week 3 (May 18-22, 2020)

Socializing the Economy (Modules 5 and 6)

Go to Week 3, Modules 5 and 6

Week 4 (May 25-29, 2020)
Democratizing Work (Modules 7 and 8)

Go to Week 4, Modules 7 and 8

Week 5 (June 1-5, 2020)
Caring for the Environment, Living Better (Modules 9 and 10)

Go to Week 5, Modules 9 and 10

Week 6 (June 8-12, 2020)
Expanding Workplace, Organizational, and Economic Democracy: Contesting COVID, Envisioning the Future (Modules 11 and 12)

Go to Week 6, Modules 11 and 12