UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


BGLP0015- Social Theories of Prosperity

Module Content

This module explores the ways in which different traditions in critical and social theory inform our thinking about contemporary challenges to global prosperity. It offers an overview of a range of theoretical traditions and examines their value for impact-driven research on social, economic and cultural challenges. Each week’s topic will focus on a unique theoretical framework – with related concepts, methods, and applications – and examine how this framework generates specific understandings and approaches to problems in the world. The module will address topics such as subjectivity, desire, affect and governmentality, and discuss their implication for understanding issues of social and economic inequality, democratic deficit, and climate change, among others