School of Politics and International Relations

POL255 Colonialism, Capitalism and Development

POL255 Colonialism (POL255A - Autumn), Capitalism and Development module at Queen Mary University of London School of Politics and International Relations

(POL255A – Autumn)

Level: 5

Credits: 15 credits

Semester: A

Contact: Dr Jeffery Webber

Overlap: None

Prerequisite: POL100  or POL110

Compulsory for: Semi-compulsory for L250, L250Y

This module covers both the origin and trajectory of colonialism, capitalism, and development. It simultaneously surveys competing theoretical explanations for the emergence and reproduction of structural inequalities in the world system over the last 500 years. The module analyses a range of theoretical approaches to development – modernization, dependency, uneven and combined development, post-colonialism, and Marxism. It also connects historical inquiry to more recent processes, such as decolonization, Third World Revolutions, global commodity chains, ecological crisis, and the fate of the world’s peasantry.

Assessment: 1 x Book Review 2000 words (40%) and 2 hour Exam (60%)