Consequences of Capitalism

Class Dates

January 13, 2022 to March 03, 2022

Meeting Days

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 -10:45am


Online Course



Course Instructor(s)

Learn about and discuss today’s most urgent issues with one of the greatest public intellectuals of our time. Professor Noam Chomsky and UA emeritus professor Marv Waterstone will co-teach this newly revised seven-week class that is both a general education course for UA undergraduates and open to life-long learners from the general public. Connecting students from multiple generations and political outlooks, this course is sure to stimulate ideas, debate, and dialogue.

The course will examine how a “capitalist realism” worldview has come to dominate the way we organize the political economy to satisfy human needs and wants.  From this premise, the course will take up a number of the more salient consequences of this orientation and will make the connections between these phenomena and the essential features of this form of late stage capitalism. 

The course content will consist of two weekly, pre-recorded lectures (available for viewing at participants’ convenience), as well as weekly live online Q & A sessions with the instructors (on Tuesdays) and with social change practitioners (on Thursdays).

Readings and Syllabus

Syllabus distributed in class


Chomsky, Noam and Marv Waterstone: Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance. Haymarket Books, 2021. ISBN-13: 978-1642592634.

Attendance & Participation

Each week, participants will watch on their own two pre-recorded lectures (one by each co-instructor).  In addition, there will be two weekly LIVE ONLINE sessions offered via the University of Arizona Zoom platform. The two weekly live online sessions will feature activists/practitioners on Tuesdays and live Q & A sessions with both instructors on Thursdays.

Those sessions will be recorded and shared with registered students after each session to facilitate access for those who cannot make the live sessions.


Online registration for this course will open on December 6, at 10 AM MST. After registration participants will receive instructions about how to access the course online. 


Refunds are available and need to be requested before or by January 15th. To drop a class, please contact Stephanie Noriega at A $25 administrative fee for each cancellation will apply.