UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Rethinking Capitalism: Places now available for civil servants and policy makers on our new course

30 October 2018

We are delighted to announced that we have up to 15 places available for civil servants and policy makers to take our new undergraduate course “Rethinking Capitalism”, beginning January 2019.

Capitalism isn't working

Due to a high volume of interest in this exciting new course, we have decided to open up places to civil servants and policy makers.

Western Capitalism is in crisis, with falling productivity, investment and living standards, widening inequality, financial instability and the growing threat of climate change. This new course will provide attendees with a critical perspective on these ‘grand-challenges’ and introduce them to new approaches to economics and policy which challenge standard thinking.

The course will draw on the book “Rethinking Capitalism”, edited by Mariana Mazzucato (Director of IIPP) and Michael Jacobs. It will feature guest academic lectures from some of the chapter authors – including Stephanie KeltonWilliam Lazonick, Mariana Mazzucato and Carlota Perezas well as other world-leading economic thinkers such as Branko MilanovicEric BeinhockerAndy Haldane and Dimitri Zenghelis along with IIPP staff Rainer Kattel and Josh Ryan-Collins. 

To give attendees a real understanding of modern-day policy challenges, these lectures will be combined with presentations by policy makers and advisors working at the frontline of the issues under discussion, including from the Bank of England, government departments and leading civil society organisations.

Re-thinking Capitalism
The module will help students develop their critical thinking and make the connections between economic theory and real world policy issues. It will provide an introduction to a range of different economics perspectives, including Neoclassical, post-Keynesian, ecological, evolutionary, Marxist and institutional economics theories and how their different assumptions link to different public policies.

Learn more about the course structure and modules here.



Key information

Term dates: 10-week course, 8 January - 19 March 2019 (reading week 11-15 February)


  • Lectures: Tuesday, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Seminars: Friday, 10:00am - 11:00am


  • £395 for lecture attendance only
  • £495 for lecture and seminar attendance

Closing date: 12 November 2019

To apply, please send your CV and one paragraph expression of interest to Dr. Josh Ryan-Collins (j.ryan-collins@ucl.ac.uk). Please state your preference in regard to the two options above.