Commodity Chains and Consumption
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Consumer Family Studies, History
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Learning to do historical research on the basis of primary and secondary sources; learning to present about the progress and results of research orally and in writing ; acquiring insight in, and applying, concepts and theories about global commodity chains; situatingcase-studies in historical debates.
Who benefited from a cup of coffee ? Who dominated the ivory trade ? What steps did it take to turn cotton grown in Asia, Africa or America into a shirt sold in a shop in Europe ? Such questions are the aubject of the 'commodity chain' approach in Global History. Historians use the concept of 'commodity chains' to analyze and explain connections between flows of goods, power relations and consumption patterns in various parts of the world throughout history. In this course, we will discuss the state of the art of the commodity chain approach in history, and then apply it in a variety of case studies between c. 1500 and the present.
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Contributions to discussions in class and on blackboard (15 %) , oral presentations (15 %), written essay (70 %)
First and second year in History completed
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