2023-2024 Catalog

CTSJ 271 Property

This interdisciplinary course explores the historical emergence of philosophical, sociological, and political theories of property in order to interrogate contemporary global nation-state problems related to human rights, imperial and colonial capitalism and decolonial possibilities.  Topics of study will include the ways in which these emergent Western concepts of property and the exercise of power to secure property have shaped and continue to shape the ideas and practices of slavery, human trafficking, children’s rights, women’s rights, land and property rights, and the claims to possession and dispossession across time and continents. Students will learn about the history of property activism and contemporary efforts to advocate for new/old visions of property.


4 units

Core Requirements Met

  • Global Connections
  • Pre-1800