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This chapter illustrates how collaboration between different social sciences can encourage students to think critically about prevailing assumptions regarding human nature. Both the chapter and the pedagogical experience on which it is based investigate the distinctive type of human created by capitalist society. In so doing, it takes a heterodox approach to analyzing the concept of an insatiable human nature through a case study that invites students to critically assess this perspective. This discussion then leads to an investigation and critique of traditional neoclassical Economic assumptions about human behavior, which forms the basis for a case study on the causes of the global economic and financial crisis of 2008. The goal is to facilitate students’ development of a more grounded perspective on real world events.


This work was originally published in "Interdisciplinary Pedagogy for STEM: A Collaborative Case Study," edited by Reneta D. Lansiquot.



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