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040098 UK SOLV (BA) (2020W)

Kapital und Ideologie

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Diese Lehrveranstaltung wird von Studierenden der Volkswirtschafslehre organisiert

Mehr Informationen (zu Literatur, etc.): tba


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 50 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 05.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Montag 12.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Montag 19.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Montag 09.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Montag 16.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Montag 23.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Montag 30.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Montag 07.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Montag 14.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Montag 11.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Montag 18.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Montag 25.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The discussions have been moved to an online setting. We will host our meetings on Webex, the invitation link will be posted on Moodle. If you do not have Moodle access but want to participate in the discussions, please send us an email (solv@roterboersenkrach.at)."
The SOLV (selbst organisierte Lehrveranstaltung) is a course organised each semester by the “Basisgruppe Roter Börsenkrach” (www.roterboersenkrach.at). Its aim is to supplement the current
economics curriculum and to focus on topics which, in the students opinion, are not sufficiently dealt with in the classical syllabus or are missing altogether. Interested students are responsible for the choice of topics, as well as the planning and implementation of the course. If you wish to participate in the organisation of this or any future SOLVs, please feel free to contact us (solv@roterboersenkrach.at ).
Over the last decade, Thomas Piketty has reinvigorated the field of inequality research. His second major book, “Capital and Ideology”, will be the main focus of this course. In his work he presents a
comprehensive collection of historic income and wealth distribution data for various countries. But Piketty does not merely want to summarize; he does not write economic history books. He points out that the level of economic and social inequality deemed acceptable in a society depends on the dominant ideological paradigms. In particular, Piketty wants to show that the ideological belief that unlimited private property rights lead to general prosperity is not supported by his data. With the recurring phrase “It could have been different!” Piketty argues against any notions of historical determinism and economic necessity. Following his thesis, it is imperative to debunk fallacious ideologies and think of alternatives.
This course will mainly be held as a reading group (Lesekreis). Selected passages of “Capital and Ideology” will have to be read independently to allow for a broad discussion. The open discussion will be supplemented by short presentations of students and a few talks by external lecturers. We are convinced that discussions work best if students are physically present, however, we may make additional use of online-learning-tools, depending on the number of participants. If it is technically
feasible, the discussion will be streamed but we cannot guarantee that online participation will be possible.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

The main goal of the course is to encourage interactive, critical discussion among as many participants as possible. The evaluation criteria are set to encourage continuous engagement with Piketty’s book:
• 33% Active Participation
• 33% „confronting the literature“. Each week, participants can upload short texts (about 200 words each), which should include thoughts, insights and questions that come up during the
reading. These texts can be helpful for the discussions. The „best“ 5 of these texts count for the evaluation.
• 33% Presentation (5-10 minutes) or short Essay (3-4 pages): Ideally, at the beginning of each discussion class, there will be a presentation, which summarizes the content of the reading and
contributes questions for the following discussion. In the essay, participates should elaborate on their own ideas regarding Piketty’s work and develop arguments.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The course is passed if 50% of the possible points are gathered.



The book can be read online via usearch (in English, German) or the AK Bibliothek digital (in German). It can also be borrowed from the following libraries:
• English: AK Bibliothek Wien, WU Bibliothek (2x)
• Deutsch: FB Wirtschaftswissenschaften, FB Soziologie, AK Bibliothek Wien (2x), Büchereien Wien: Hauptbücherei, 2. Bezirk, 12. Bezirk, 15. Bezirk, Parlamentsbibliothek, BOKU Bibliothek, Bibliothek der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, WU Bibliothek (2x)

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 05.10.2020 10:08