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Summerschool: Repoliticising capitalism: contradictions, critique and alternatives


Doctoral School of Social Sciences and Business


Modern mainstream economic theory is based on highly political assumptions, which are rarely challenged: dogmas of deregulation, mathematical models and austerity are treated as objective scientific facts, rather than ideological tools with a social and political history of their own. This course aims to repoliticize the study of economics and challenge the hegemony of neoclassical economic theory. This will be accomplished through a historical examination of the development of economic thought, and critical engagement with original economic texts. As such, the course objective is to understand the varied historical effect of these theories on both the object of study and the discipline itself.

The first part of the course “Economic Thought from Oikos to Economics” traces the history of economic ideas with an emphasis on critical and heterodox approaches. The individual sessions will introduce students to carefully selected primary literature from classical, critical and heterodox strands of economic thought. The objective is to understand the varied historical effect of these theories on both the object of study and the discipline itself. This will provide the foundation for further elaboration on contemporary issues such as debt, unemployment, inequality, and growth.

The second part of the course “Contemporary Challenges, Critiques and Alternatives” addresses present and pressing issues, through the lens of critical and heterodox political economy. This theoretical and applied pluralism will provide insights on issues such as e.g. the development crisis, financialisation, austerity politics and climate change, that are not conceptually possible if stricking to mainstream approaches. Through the employment of recent critiques, latter section of the course offers potential pathways towards different conceptualisations and alternatives to ‘the economy’ as we know it.

Learning outcomes

The course objective is to • introduce students to carefully selected primary literature from classical, critical and heterodox strands of economic thought • provide students with a thorough understanding of core concepts and debates in critical political economy • enable students to apply core theoretical and methodological aspects of heterodox perspectives to a given case-based event or process • encourage students to critically reflect on contemporary dynamics and developments in the global economy • address key methodological challenges linking theory and empirical research for critical analyses.

Course format The course takes place over a two week period and comprises a range of activities. Each half-day session consists of an interactive lecture of 1 ½ hrs, and a workshop of 1 ½ hrs. The lectures will present a variety of critical approaches, drawing on the readings and the lecturers’ own work. The core element of the summer school is active learning-oriented workshop seminars, in which the participants discuss the theoretical, methodological and empirical issues raised in the lectures. There will also be opportunities for participants to present their own work to the group. Self-study periods, facilitated by the enabling learning environment Roskilde university campus provides, which offer an opportunity for students to improve their knowledge and understanding.


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Course dates
30 July 2018 - 28 August 2018
Lecturer
Jesper Jespersen,Laura Horn,Mikkel Flohr
Place/Venue
Universitetsvej 1
4000 Roskilde
City
Roskilde
ECTS
10 points
Link
http://kursus.ruc.dk/class/view/14434
Block-scheduling
No

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