Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2131: Political Economy

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Harry Pitts (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


A decade and a half of crisis – characterised by financial instability, recession, deglobalisation, rapid technological change, social contestation, pandemic, geopolitical conflict and, now, stagflation and cost-of-living increases – has exposed to scrutiny the underpinning political-economic conditions of contemporary capitalism. Specifically, successive crises have laid bare how different theories of value shape the way governments, businesses and other actors appraise state policies, economic activities, industrial sectors and social groups as productive or unproductive. This module explores the practical consequences of these concepts and their critique, investigating the uncertain context within which firms and workers operate and politicians and policymakers govern and regulate.

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