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AQ-50420-11Education Programs: Enduring Questions: Pilot Course GrantsSt. Mary's College of MarylandNEH Enduring Questions Course on Materialism in Human Life5/1/2011 - 12/31/2013$24,625.00IrisC.Ford   St. Mary's College of MarylandSt. Mary's CityMD20686-3001USA2011AnthropologyEnduring Questions: Pilot Course GrantsEducation Programs24625020369.310

The development of a first-year seminar on the phenomenon of materialism, with particular regard to its ethical, cultural, and political dimensions.

The unprecedented scale of contemporary materialism and consumption raises disquieting questions about wealth and poverty, character and equality, the individual and the state, and collective and individual identities built on ethnicity, class, and gender. The proposed Enduring Questions course will be a First Year Seminar that will explore the complex issues of materialism and consumption through interdisciplinary, historical, and cross-cultural lens to uncover ethical, cultural, and political consequences. To grapple with these issues, students will embark on a course of study and discussion in three broad areas: a brief history of early Western attitudes towards commerce and consumption that continue to influence thinking today, an overview of the many and diverse claims and critiques of capitalism and consumption, and a synthesis and analysis of materialism and cross-cultural consumption practices from a contemporary context. The course will be revised in the second year.