School of Global Studies

Anthropology of Global Capitalism (005A7)

Anthropology of Global Capitalism

Module 005A7

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)

Module Outline

This module will be the flagship module for the new Masters in the Social Anthropology of the Global Economy (MA SAGE). Students on the MA will take two core modules in the autumn term (the proposed new module which will be unique to their MA programme) and Understanding Processes of Social Change (for which they will combine with the Anthropology MA students). This module therefore represents the distinct intellectual foundation of the new MA as it equips students with the theoretical and historical tools and knowledge for advanced study in economic anthropology with a focus on the anthropology of capitalism and global transformations, together with those movements and actors whose aim is to resist/change/provide alternatives to contemporary capitalist systems. The module grounds students in the evolving field of the anthropology of global capitalism from its multilateral foundations in the post war era to its present day globalising tendencies. Key areas of focus will be the changing nature of work and labour, post-industrialisation and unemployment, the changing nature of political authority and the role of the state, economic rights and social justice, the relationship between markets and morality, the globalisation of finance and economic crisis, new social movements and alternative economies. The module will include (but not be limited to) the following key topics: Theoretical Foundations 1. Among the economists: Anthropological approaches to economic theory and policy 2. Understanding Markets Labour and Work 3. On the assembly line: labouring in the global economy 4. Gender and the neoliberal workplace 5. The End of the Line: Post-Industrialisation and post-work Informal Economies 6. The margins of the market: second economies and informal labour 7. Petty capitalism and informal trade The New Enterprise 8. Inclusive markets and small enterprise 9. Bottom of the Pyramid economics & the marketization of poverty Millennial Capitalism: winners and losers': 10. Financialisation and Crisis 11. The 99%? Anti-capitalism and New Social Movements

Module learning outcomes

To demonstrate an advanced understanding of theory and method in economic anthropology.

To critically assess ethnographic accounts of economic change.

To demonstrate systematic and critical understanding of key anthropological approaches to the global economy.

To apply advanced anthropological theories and methods to case studies of economic processes.

To develop and express advanced reasoned arguments in written form.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ReportT1 Week 9 100.00%
Essay (3000 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:0075.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar3 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Dinah Rajak

Convenor, Assess convenor

Dr Kimberly Chong

Assess convenor, Convenor

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

Mrs Jayne Paulin

Assess convenor

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