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ECOP2012: Social Foundations of Capitalism

This unit examines the ways in which the economic activities of capitalism are 'embedded' within a much broader social structure. To do this, you will study the nature, structure, and relations of capitalism’s core institutions such as capital, labour, households, and the state. You will consider the conflict, contradiction, and cohesion inherent in the relationships between these institutions with respect to the racialised, classed, gendered and environmental processes of capital accumulation.

Code ECOP2012
Academic unit Political Economy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Political Economy

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate analytical skills in appraising the role of social forces and institutions in the dynamics of capital accumulation
  • LO2. apply broad conceptual structures to contemporary social and political issues
  • LO3. critically evaluate underlying theories, concepts, assumptions, limitations and arguments in disciplinary and cross disciplinary fields of study
  • LO4. appreciate new ways of thinking and the importance of intellectual curiosity and reflection as the foundation for continuous learning
  • LO5. demonstrate research skills in the retrieval of relevant information
  • LO6. demonstrate skills in written and oral communication
  • LO7. negotiate and create shared understandings by respectfully interacting with people from diverse backgrounds

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.