The History of Capitalism

Recent failures and crises in the global financial system are often blamed on so-called rogues, the individuals or companies who manage to distort the financial system. Find out what these rogues, from traders on Wall Street, to pirates, street gangs and the Mafia, can tell us about how our global economic system works.

This course is ideal if you’re interested in history, economics or business.

Dr. SEBASTIAN PRANGE, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the UBC. His research interests revolve around the development of Islam in monsoon Asia, the role of piracy and maritime violence, and the evolution of capitalism from a non-European perspective.

Course Format

This course is 100% online with real-time lectures. Once a week, you participate in a live online lecture of 45–60 minutes, followed by 30–45 minutes of questions and answers with your instructor. Class times are in the Pacific Time Zone. We record every lecture in case you miss one.

Please note: Recorded lectures and course materials are available for one week only after the course ends.

You can participate in the lecture with your video turned on or off, however all students are muted to minimize ambient noise. Students can ask questions using a chat feature, and your instructor answers verbally. You can use your name or an alias when you join the lecture.

This course is hosted on Canvas Catalog, a learning management system, and delivered by Zoom, a web-based video conferencing application. One business day before the course start date, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

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