Social Foundations of Modern Capitalism (ECOP2012)


This unit examines the ways in which economic activity is 'embedded' within a broader social structure. Institutions including those of capital, labour, the family and the state are studied. The unit considers the conflict, contradiction and cohesion inherent in the relationships between these institutions and processes of capital accumulation.

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Further unit of study information


1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd Short-Essay (20%), 1x2000wd Major-Essay (35%), 1x1000wd equivalent Tutorial presentation (10%), 1x2hr Exam (35%)

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

ECOP1001 and (ECOP1003 or ECOP1004)



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