Social Economy

Social and Solidarity Economy

Economics is at root about the organization of material and technical resources to meet human needs. This module is an introduction to key concepts such as work, well-being, the social economy and human needs

Social and Solidarity Economy

Economics is at root about the organization of material and technical resources to meet human needs. Traditional economic approaches that focus on the 'rational economic actor' miss the important social underpinnings of economic reality.

This course is an introduction to key concepts such as work, well-being, the social economy and human needs.

Topics

  • The ‘story of stuff’ and the ‘story of money’
  • The concept of the economic surplus
  • Long-run developments
  • Human progress and wellbeing
  • Inequality and efficiency
  • The market, the state and economies of reciprocity
  • Market failure, state failure
  • Crisis and change
  • Alternative models: Marxist economics, feminist economics, green economics
  • Maximizing wellbeing
  • Can there be a ‘postcapitalist’ society?

What's included?

  • 11 main sessions
  • 30+ videos
  • 11 reflective tasks
  • Community discussion
  • 2 assignments
  • Course certificate

BONUS 1

Economic Analysis

We make social analysis skills central to all of our learning. This mini-course in Economic Analysis provides tools and skills for undertsanding your the wider economy, including unpaid work. We recommend that you take it alongside the main course.

BONUS 2

Live Seminars

You will get access to regular live online seminars and the opportunity to suggest seminar topics or even take part in presenting a seminar. This bonus comes as part of our Associate Membership package.

BONUS 3

Associate Membership

In addition to access to live seminars, your one-year Associate Membership includes free previews to new courses. It also gives you Workspace tools and apps, including a dedicated email account.

Course contents