HNRS 274

Illegal Things

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. This course will examine the sociopolitical context and economic consequences of "illegal things." The approach of the course will be interdisciplinary: How do culture, power, and politics influence the social construction of morality and what we consider to be permissive grounds for declaring things illegal? What are the economic consequences of these choices, and how do they reinforce or frustrate the intentions of our desired social principles? A range of contemporary topics and issues will be considered, along with various changes in illegal things throughout history. (Did you know pinball was once illegal in the US? Did you know that China has banned time travel?) May be counted toward the major or minor in economics. V.5, V.7