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Perspectives on Political Economy


Module description

In this interdisciplinary module we encourage you to broaden your understanding of political economy, to consider the complexity of political economy approaches and to develop the skills and confidence to evaluate the contributions of political economy scholarship across different disciplines.

Indicative syllabus


  • Value and law
  • Human economy, political ecology and degrowth
  • International political economies of crime and punishment
  • Colonial past and the drugs trade


  • Racial capitalism and the political economy of gender
  • Global economic governance
  • The political economy of decision-making
  • The political economy of the euro

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand the range of thematic and methodological issues involved in political economy analysis raised by different disciplinary perspectives
  • understand the significance and complexity of political economy perspectives within and across different disciplines
  • order and critically evaluate complex cross-disciplinary debates and theories in current political economy research and advanced scholarship
  • critically evaluate methodologies employed in political economy research
  • demonstrate originality in the application of pertinent knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge
  • demonstrate an awareness of the contested nature of knowledge claims within and across different disciplines.