School of History, Art History and Philosophy

Capitalism & Ethnicity (V1409)

Special Subject Capitalism and Ethnicity

Module V1409

Module details for 2011/12.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

What is capitalism? Where, when and how did it evolve? Is capitalism good, and what are its alternatives? Who are capitalists? These are some of the big questions that inform the intellectual quest to understand capitalism over the last two centuries. This course will explore this multifaceted history. It will mainly seek to gain a better understanding of the relationship between capitalism and ethnicity by focusing on the Jewish experience in modern times. Indeed, the general image of the Jews is overloaded with patterns and emblems taken from the sphere of economics. But capitalism has been central to Jewish life and the Jewish image in the world. By scrutinizing this crucial and neglected axis of capitalism, identity and Jewish history, this course will encourage students to reflect on the interplay between culture and the economy, the interaction between economic activities and group solidarity, as well as develop a comparative approach to the study of minority cultures in the age of mocern capitalism.

Module learning outcomes

In depth understanding of origin and function of capitalism in different historical settings.

Productively engage with issues arising from studying the history of capitalism in a cross cultural context.

Generate coherent research project.

Identify promising new areas of research.

Demonstrate a detailed and critical understanding of the current debates in the history of capitalism.

Unseen ExaminationEnd of Year Assessment40.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ExerciseT2 Week 7 50.00%

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

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