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Race in the Global Political Economy


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This is a credit bearing course but can also be taken as a non-credit bearing course.

Discover the difference between our credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses.

Why do white Americans have seven times the wealth of black Americans on average? Why are former colonies so much poorer than former colonial powers? How does race relate to gender and class? And how do these three combined structure how we participate in economic life?

This Race in the Global Political Economy short course provides you with the tools of analysis to answer these important questions. You will study the concepts and theories developed by scholars of racial capitalism and related approaches analysing social inequality and exploitation. You will also develop your ability to use economic data, policy reports, activist publications and archival material in original political economic analysis.

We aim to cover the following content:

  • Introduction to Race in Global Political Economy
  • Racial Capitalism
  • Plantation Economies
  • Extraction from Racialised Communities and Spaces
  • Factories and the Production of Race
  • Housing, Property and Racialised Exclusions
  • Racialising Finance and Crisis
  • Austerity and Race: Who Pays?
  • Claiming Freedom I: Black Capitalism?
  • Claiming Freedom II: Marronage and Other Anti-racist Economies

Our Race in the Global Political Economy short course is ideal if you are seeking to explore your interest in global political economy, racial capitalism and related approaches to political economy. It is also useful for those working in the NGO or policy sector who wish to expand their understanding of concepts such as extraction and racial capitalism, or who want to know more about labour exploitation, racialised wealth and pay gaps, racialised forms of exploitation in the global economy.

Assessment is via two 500-word learning journals (20% each), a 2000-word final essay (50%) and seminar participation (10%).

15 credits at level 5

  • 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.