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Law, Post-Development and the Critique of Political Economy


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The aim of this short course, Law, Post-Development and the Critique of Political Economy, is to engage you in a critical examination of the law, institutions and practices which constitute global and local economies.

This postgraduate-level short course examines perspectives of the global development crisis and ‘post development’, drawing on economic anthropology, recent political thinking and social theory. We focus on the ‘social embedding’ of the market, and the poverty and social and environmental degradation that are consequences of neo liberalism and global capitalism. We also explore:

  • intervention into market economy
  • the role of human rights and particularly social and economic rights
  • the idea of a ‘human economy’
  • the commodification of labour
  • the global division of labour.

This course is ideal if you have a professional or personal interest in the field of law. You will also find it of particular interest if you wish to enhance your career through Continuing Professional Development in this area.

This short course is assessed by a 4000-word essay.

30 credits at level 7

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.