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Legacy of Failure: Losing and Losers

Ryan Swanson, swansonr@unm.edu 
Core: Humanities

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course investigates notable failures, past and present.  The course will weave together economics, history, and psychology in order to address how and why these failures occurred.  Just as significantly, we will study how the rejections were received and the very definition of failure itself.

READINGS AND TEXTS
My Losing Season, Born Losers: A History of Failure; The Glass Castle

FILMS AND OTHER COURSE MATERIALS
Many films, Many primary documents. 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Ryan Swanson has been a faculty member at the Honors College since 2013.  He is a historian by trade and, having experienced many failures, is excited to be teaching this course.