3. Social Ontology and Political Economy

Tuesday 23 February – 23 March 2021 (two lectures/day every Tuesday for five weeks)
Lecturer: Dr Karim Knio
Location: Online via Zoom
Tuition: Members: free; non-members 500 euros
Credits: the course is equivalent to 8 ECs of course work

Description: This course aims to emphasize the necessity and desirability of embedding thematic and empirical research within ontological debates to produce rigorous scholarly research. It introduces students to fundamental debates in social ontology and highlights their subsequent implications on political economy analysis. Namely, the course focuses on two important ontological debates in their own right before it develops a cartography which charts their intersection, then this cartography is subsequently situated within the classic debate on neoliberalism in critical political economy literatures. In so doing, the course not only demonstrates how different approaches interpret and articulate neoliberalism, but it also reflects on the making of theoretical approaches in their own right. This should provide doctoral students with various analytical skills to help them in appropriately navigating through various academic literatures as well as situating their own research.

Schedule: 2 lectures/day every Tuesday, with timing from 11-13h and then 15-17h, for 5 Thursdays. The first day should start at 10h30.


Week Topic Class 1 ( 11:00-13:00) Class 2 (15:00-17:00)
1 On Ontology and Neoliberalism Lecture 1 Lecture 2
2 Structure/Agency Approaches Lecture 3 Lecture 4
3 Material/Ideational Debates Lecture 5 Lecture 6
4 Situating (Post) Washington Consensus within ontological debates Lecture 7 Lecture 8
5 Ontological debates beyond the Post Washington Consensus Lecture 9 Lecture 10






International Development. Source image: Unsplash

International Development. Source image: Unsplash