Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
Session 2: 2 July - 20 July 2018
Financial crises. Trade wars. World poverty. Austerity politics. Right-wing populism. Resistance, revolutions and social change. All these complex issues – which profoundly shape the lives of nations and individuals – are tied in some way to how the global capitalist system is politically organised. This course offers the tools to question who gains and who loses and how to better understand the politics of the world economy. Based on literature within the larger field of political economy, the course examines the crucial structures, processes, and outcomes in the recent struggles over neoliberal capitalism.
Capitalism, Crisis and the Neoliberal State Summer School
The course is organised into three parts. First, we will unmask how the current neoliberal period can be understood in relation to the longer history of capitalism, before exploring analytical models on the connections between the state and the market. Second, we will interrogate key themes for understanding policy practices linked to neoliberalism, including the growth of the financial industry, global trade, and international development. Third, all these debates come together to explore forms of advocacy against neoliberalism, including attention to imperialism, austerity, authoritarianism, and potential future alternatives within and beyond the capitalist system. In addition to classroom-based teaching and debate, the course features additional social activity, including a fieldtrip to the City of London and relevant film screenings.
Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy
Dr Eagleton-Pierce’s research interests cover a number of areas in political economy, but are mainly focused on (1) the history and contemporary forms of neoliberalism, and (2) the political economy of global trade. Matt also has strong interests in the conceptual analysis of power and the application of the thought of Pierre Bourdieu to world politics. His first monograph, titled Symbolic Power in the World Trade Organization, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. He is also the author of the recent Neoliberalism: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2016), which seeks to critique the common vocabulary associated with neoliberal notions and policies. His current research is focused on two areas: (1) the political economy of managerialism; and (2) the relationship between expertise and civil society groups in the recent history of trade policy struggles. Matt previously taught at the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, and the University of Exeter. He is a Member of the Senior Common Room at St Antony's College, Oxford. He holds a DPhil in International Relations, also from St Antony's College, Oxford.
Dr Feyzi Ismail, Senior Teaching Fellow
Dr Feyzi Ismail has degrees in Philosophy and Social Policy, and completed her PhD in Development Studies at SOAS, where she conducted research on the relationship between NGOs and the left parties in Nepal. She has taught at SOAS, UCL, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Ruskin College. Her research interests include NGOs and social movements, alternatives to neoliberalism and imperialism, and politics and development in Nepal and South Asia. She is on the executive committee of the Britain-Nepal Academic Council.
A tuition fee of £1600 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.
20% discount for our partner institutions
50% discount for current SOAS students
Accommodation is available to Summer School students at the SOAS halls of residence, Dinwiddy House. For more details of how to book a room please visit the Dinwiddy House accommodation page.
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.
Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.
You will also be able to enjoy our social programme, starting with a welcome party and an optional river cruise on the Thames for a small additional charge. Details about how to book will be communicated to you once you are registered. You will also receive discount codes for day trips and overnight tours with our partner International Friends.
For more information, please fill out our enquiries form.