MA Political Science - European Politics & Policy Pathway (Research Route) / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political Economy
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This is challenging module introduces students to the literatures and debates on capitalist diversity, and importantly, focuses on the politics of comparing different ‘types’ of capitalism around the world. Originally centred on Western European political economies and the potential for this part of the world to offer a ‘non-liberal’ alternative to American-style capitalism, the last 20 years have witnessed an expansion of the debate to include Central and Eastern Europe, South America, East Asia, and Africa. This, combined with the Great Recession of the late 2000s and the emergence of a so-called ‘new normal’ of crises, conflicts and inequalities, has had a significant impact on the conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches used to compare and contrast different capitalisms. The module’s combination of conceptual/methodological themes and specific case studies enables it to speak to a range of crucial issues, such as how to conceptualise and analyse diversity across the global political economy, the analytics and politics of any comparison we make, the possibilities for emancipatory forms of development, and so on.
The course unit aims to:
- Familiarise students with different conceptual approaches to the study of different ‘types’ of capitalism, and how this study of particular cases always has a global horizon
- Provide a methodological basis for how students can compare and contrast different capitalisms across the world, with emphasis placed on the politics of comparison
- Relate conceptual approaches to empirical case studies
Assist students in improving their oral and written communication skills
On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:
- Compare and contrast the different conceptual approaches to the study of capitalist diversity
- Compare and contrast different case studies across the world and relate these studies to the global horizon
- Explore what is at stake when comparing capitalisms
- Pursue independent study and learning, and the improvement of oral and written skills
Teaching and learning methods
10 x 2 hour seminars.
The aim will be to promote enquiry-based learning through the use of lectures, student presentations, workshop formats, and open discussions. Blackboard will be used as a repository for the introductory lecture slides, presentation materials, and course information.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||65%|
Review of key texts
- Ebenau, M., I. Bruff and C. May (eds) (2015) New Directions in Comparative Capitalisms Research: Critical and Global Perspectives. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|Ian Bruff||Unit coordinator|