Political Theory of Capitalism

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Theory of Capitalism

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Economics, International Politics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description:

    This module is designed to provide students with an advanced knowledge of the work of key thinkers, for and against, in the history of economic liberalism. The political thinkers covered in the course, which come from a variety of different perspectives and schools of thought, will include Locke, Mandeville, Smith, Marx, Hayek and Rawls.
    Specifically, the educational aims are:
    - Provide students with a sound knowledge of the ideas of key contributors to the history of political thought, such as Locke, Mandeville, Smith, Marx, Hayek and Rawls
    - Enable students to place the contributions of these thinkers within the broader context of the problems of politics and in particular the challenge of justifying private property rights and the institutions that secure them
    - Provide students with the skills required for engagement with and critical analysis of original works in political theory.

    Credit level: 5

    Credit value: 15

    Assessment: written examination/s; coursework;

    1 x unseen written exam (45% of overall module mark)
    1 x 2,500 word essay (45% of overall module mark)
    Attendance and Participation (10% of overall module mark)

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