Race, Gender and Global Capitalism (015IRS)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Race, Gender, and Global Capitalism offers an in-depth exploration of what Eric Hobsbawm once called "vulgar Marxism."

Bringing together historical materialist, post/decolonial, indigenous, queer, and black feminist theories, this module examines how raced, sexed, and gendered forms of exploitation, expropriation, and extraction have been—and remain—central to capital accumulation on a global scale.

Topics covered include:

  • the witch hunts and the enclosure of the commons
  • the colonial policing of sexuality and non-normative kinship formations
  • enslavement and the violence of (un)gendering
  • sex work and gestational labour
  • migrant domestic workers and the globalisation of reproduction
  • the struggle for trans liberation
  • disability and carceral ableism
  • family abolition and the horizon of revolutionary care.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: