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The University of Texas at Dallas Dr. Dachang Cong Office Hours: M and W: 10 AM - 12 PM, GR 2.

210 Class Meeting Time: T: 6-10 PM

Summer, 2005 dccong@utdallas.edu 972-883-2297

AMS 3326/581 THE U.S. IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Course Description The goal of this course is to envision and examine the 21st-century scenarios of the U.S. by studying the trends and events as witnessed in the last 10 years. The course offers a rethinking of cultural, economic, legal, medical, political, and social institutions. It examines why the bubbles of the 1990s burst soon after the no-show of Y2K. With the stock market meltdown, the 9.11 terrorist attacks, and the Enron scandal, American society started to face a wide array of crises and challenges in the beginning of the new century. Why is the job market still sluggish? How does the digital revolution reshape culture and social order? What is the new financial system? What is the future of social security? How can we balance security with civil liberties? What is the next phase of the computer revolution? How can we embrace the biomedical revolution with prudence? How are we going to afford new medical technologies? How can we reform the health care system for the public good? What is the future of global capitalism? What are the future roles of the U.S. in the world community? And how can Corporate America rise again with higher ethical standards? Those are some of the questions to be tackled in class. Each student is required to write a term paper and to complete a take-home exam. There are no prerequisites. Poor attendance and late work will impact on the grade negatively. Required Readings Barlett, Donald, and James Steele. Critical Condition (Doubleday). Fukuyama, Francis. The Great Disruption (Free Press). Shiller, Robert. New Financial Order (Princeton). Method of Evaluation 1) term paper 2) take-home exam 50% of final grade 50% of final grade

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Topics and Reading Assignments I Orientation May 17 Understanding New Realities with Anthropological and Sociological perspectives Doing Ethnography Reading American Culture and Society (1) American Corporate Culture (1) May 24

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Fukuyama. The Great Disruptio n, Chapters 1-5. III Reading American Culture and Society (2) American Corporate Culture (2) May 31

Fukuyama. The Great Disruption, Chapters 6-11. IV Reading American Culture and Society (3) American Corporate Culture (3) June 7

Fukuyama. The Great Disruption, Chapters 12-16. *Prospectus (50 words) for term paper due V Examining Health Care (1) Social Security June 14

Barlett and Steele. Critical Condition, Chapters 1 and 2. VI Examining Health Care (2) The Bubbles in the 1990s June 21

Barlett and Steele. Critical Condition, Chapters 3 and 4. VII Examining Health Care (3) Biomedical Ethics June 28

Barlett and Steele. Critical Condition, Chapters 5 and 6.

AMS 3326 VIII Deciphering the Financial System (1) The New Economy and the Digital Revolution 21st -Century Scenarios

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Shiller. New Financial Order, Intro. and Part One. IX Deciphering the Financial System (2) The Job Market and Career Development July 12

Shiller. New Financial Order, Part Two and Part Three. ** Take-home exam questions to be distributed X Deciphering the Financial System (3) U.S. in the World Community Conclusion July 19

Shiller. New Financial Order, Part Four and Part Five. XI Term Paper and Take-Home Exam Due July 26