IDS 200 adds instructor
Former student Dan DeMay recently recalled his experience in States and Capitalism (IDS 200). "This is one of the best classes I have ever taken.
It spoiled me for the lull of survey history courses I have to take as prerequisites now," he said. This class is taught once a year and will be offered this winter.
Geography instructor Chip Dodd will be joining the team of instructors who teach this course.
Dodd will be replacing the previous social sciences dean Kenny Lawson (who moved to Seattle Central Community College) and join Terry Taylor, a social science instructor, and current social sciences dean Bob Francis.
Allie Doyle, another former student of the class, enjoyed having multiple teachers in the classroom. "The benefit of having three professors instead of one ... (is that it) allows you to get a variety of perspectives about the subject matter," Doyle said.
The objective of the course is to explain how economic systems evolved in Europe from the medieval period to the modern era and how capitalism came to be the dominate economic system of the western world.
"Students should take this class so they can understand how the modern world order came to be," said Doyle.
Taylor looks forward to this class because of the students. He finds that lively students take the
class and enjoy partaking in the discussion. He also enjoys being able to debate his colleagues,
which he believes is beneficial for the students to experience.
"I think my favorite memories from the class are those of intense discussions we would have in class," DeMay said. "When we would sit around in a circle … and argue our rather new found positions...with the professors who have been arguing their perspectives for years. Those are the days that really paid off for me."
The way this class has been taught in the past was by each instructor representing a different
perspective of the time-period, including geographic, political, historic, and economic information.
Dodd will be covering the topic of geographic and political topics.
This will be Taylor's ninth year teaching this course, he will be covering the historic information. Francis will be volunteering his time as dean to show the origins of states and capitalism from the economic perspective.
"One thing in particular that changed (my perspective of the world) after this class was how I thought about WWI and WWII. The facts were the same, of course, but now I see the motives and effects of each nation involved in a totally different light than before the class," DeMay said.
This class can directly transfer to the University of Washington, which is a benefit for students pursuing International Studies as their major since it is a prerequisite for the Jackson School at UW.
The course is writing and reading intensive, but Doyle found it was interesting material that she did not regret laboring over.
"My favorite memory was reading 'King Leopold's Ghost,' by Adam Hochschild," she said. "It was not only entertaining, but relevant to the subject matter in class."
The book follows the story of colonialism in the uncharted Congo river led by King Leopold II of Belgium. The mass genocide of ten million Congolese is exposed under the efforts of a land grab for rubber cultivation. In the meantime, King Leopold promotes himself in Belgium through propaganda as being a great humanitarian.
If you were looking forward to taking the class with the Max Weber follower, Kenny Lawson, you are in luck. He will be guest lecturing on one his favorite subjects, "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism," by Max Weber.
This class has kept a very specific flow. The social science professors, for at least the past nine years, have shared an overloaded class with each other. The dean volunteers his time to teach.
The teachers who have taught this class have all at one point given their time for free.
Taylor says it's because "We love it so much. Nobody is getting rich off this, we all volunteer our time."
States and Capitalism will be held daily next quarter from 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Alexis Chouery, Staff Writer