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London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London: Economy and Society

Institution London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London
Department Sociology
Telephone 020 7955 6613
Study type Taught


The MSc Economy and Society programme offers a flexible yet comprehensive introduction to a broadly sociological study of the economy and economic life, thereby providing a strong theoretical and methodological foundation for engaging in critical discussions on the future of our societies.

It is an advanced sociology degree, which examines economic life as intertwined with political, cultural, organisational, and technological concerns. Understanding the global risks and possibilities confronted by contemporary societies – from climate change to financialization to technological change – requires grasping the role and dynamics of economies as social arenas in which power, knowledge and culture shape action and actors. 

The programme is unique in its breadth and diversity. It covers the most significant and recent developments in the sociology of economic life. A compulsory course in Economic Sociology will introduce you to critical discussions on the nature of power in the economy, the production of knowledge and expertise, capitalist relations, value and culture, relations of credit and debt and the social structures of markets. Through optional courses, you can further specialise in the sociology of markets, risk governance, material culture, the sociology of consumption, and the sociology of science and technology. The programme will enable you to develop critical skills that advance your knowledge of the socio-economic dynamics of contemporary societies.


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