ANTH-311 Regulating Bodies: Food, Sex, Drugs and the Economy

What is the proper relation between the state and its citizens? Should states merely ensure the basic safety of citizens, or should they somehow promote their well-being? How should decisions about what constitutes safety or well-being be made? Through a study of regulation, this course considers how economics, politics, ethics and aesthetics inform life in modern liberal democracies. We begin by establishing a theoretical framework for our study and then turn to four instances in which states seek to intervene in or regulate the lives of citizens, namely the economy, drugs, food and sex. We will examine issues such as the recent financial meltdown, medical marijuana, food safety and Internet pornography. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. 4 SH. CC: Interdisciplinary, Oral Intensive, Social Interactions and Team Intensive.