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Rethinking Capitalism

This module will provide students with a critical perspective on 'grand challenges' affecting Western Capitalism and introduce them to new approaches to economics and policy.

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

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

Rethinking Capitalism module taught in Term Two and is available to all 2nd and 3rd year students. Formal training in economics, or any other quantitative or technical skills are not required. 

Module Code: BASC0037


Who can take the module?

The module would be suitable as an elective to a range of BA, BSc, BASc programmes, including in the Economics, SSEES, School of Public Policy, Institute of Education, the Bartlett and Engineering departments. The module does not require formal training in economics or any other quantitative or technical skills.


Rethinking Capitalism lecturers

Mariana Mazzucato

Rainer Kattel

Josh Ryan-Collins

Eric Beinhocker

Carlota Perez

Dimitri Zenghelis

Danny Dorling


Watch past lecture: The market shaping forces of Capitalism 

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