Mercantilism and Imperialism: The race for resources and markets


Key Learning Objectives today:

  1. Understand Mercantilism
  2. Understand the desire for colonies
  3. Understand what a “colony” is
  4. Understand the “secondary factors” regarding imperialism: racism; militarism; wars, etc.

Learning task: Predict problems with mercantilism as an economic theory as well as colonialism as a national policy.

Investigating the Moral Landscape: Knowledge systems, authority and a better way forward?

Watch the above TED Talk by Sam Harris titled, “Science can answer moral questions” and consider the following: 

  1. Summarize his thesis in 1-3 sentences
  2. What are the strengths of Harris’ argument?
  3. What are the weaknesses of Harris’ argument?
  4. Ok, so lets say you agree with all he has to say, where does that leave us? What are next steps?