Market Manipulations: Crises, Bubbles, Robber Barons, and Corporate Saints

BUSENV 1706 - fall 

Wild (but true) business tales

What exactly happens when you try to game the economy for your own gain? 

In this unique story-driven course about how business ethics shape our society, meet the innovative businenessmen who have used their 'savvy' change to the world — for better and far worse. Dramatic stories of exploitation, warfare on workers, and more. Discover the dark details we gloss over in pursuit of prosperity as you chase some of big business's most scandalous villains across history. 

You will get to: 

  • Unveil startling corruption behind some of history’s most famous “smart businessmen” (including the namesakes of several Pittsburgh streets and landmarks.)
  • Visit Carrie Furnace National Heritage Area and the site of one of the most violent disputes in U.S. labor history, the Battle of Homestead.
  • Analyze economic patterns from disasters past, and compare them to today: How much has changed? What could we change? And should we be worried? 

Open to all majors. A rare open course from the College of Business
Take this course if you: want to understand how and why capital drives (and controls) decisions in our society.     


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