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School of History

HST7703 - Capitalism and Political Thought


Module code: HST7703

Module Convenor: Dr Waseem Yaqoob

This course examines the pivotal role played by capitalism in political thought from the early twentieth century to the present. The course shows how a range of thinkers blurred the boundaries between political and economic analysis to reformulate key political concepts, and variously to argue for the maintenance, transformation or overthrow of capitalism. It starts with figures seeking to grasp the imperial character of the global market system, before discussing how these arguments were transformed by war, revolution and decolonisation. Finally, it turns to how thinkers have considered the threats posed to capitalism by inequality, automation and climate crisis. Thinkers studied include: J.A. Hobson, Rosa Luxemburg, Keynes, Karl Polanyi, Hayek, Rawls and Foucault.


Level: 7

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