Provides students with a broad understanding of economic activity as a product of complex interactive social forces and social relationships, through which human agents structure socio-economic conduct among social actors. Encourages students to adopt a critical and exploratory approach to understanding the historical, structural, and ecological contexts in which social actors produce, reproduce and change social life.
Introduction: Economy, Ecology & Social Life
Topic 1: Key concepts and approaches to the “Economic”
Topic 2: Key concepts in “Political Economy”
Topic 3: Society & Markets: Values, Prices and Competition
Topic 4: Economic Growth, Economic Crises & Ecology
Topic 5: Economic Systems & Social Inequality: Class, Income and Wealth
Topic 6: State, Economy & Social Policy
Topic 7: Global Corporations—Local Trade & Risks
Topic 8: Work, Consumption and Quality of Life
Topic 9: The Environment & Sustainability: Limits to Growth?
Topic 10: Community, Social Movements and Democracy
Conclusion: The Future of Market Society.
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||engage in contemporary debates about the (global) economy and its social and ecological impacts||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|2||analyse the basic principles and concepts in economic sociology, economic anthropology, and political economy||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||analyse key developments and differences in human economies and their ecological contexts through time and space, including the historical genesis of a global world system||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||critically evaluate and develop reflective arguments about the impacts of the global economic system on local actors and communities.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
- Spies-Butcher, B, Paton, J & Cahill, D, 2012, Market Society: History, Theory, Practice, Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9780521184908.
Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)|
|Exam: take home||35%|
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