Economics and Politics - Theory

Fabian Elbaky
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2024S, Proseminar (PS), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S04923


The seminar is designed as a participatory reading seminar and can be seen as a continuation of the previous winter semester, but it is not at all necessary to have already attended the reading seminar in the winter semester. The focus lies on the implicit theories of the economic and political.

A survey was carried out in the winter semester to find out which books could be read together in the summer semester.

The survey showed the following results:

1. Silvia Federici - Caliban and the Witch

2. bell hooks - All about love

3. Susan Williams - White Malice: The CIA and the covert Recolonization of Africa

4. Eva Illouz - The End of Love: A Sociology of Negative Relations

5. Kohei Saito - Slow Down


In the first session on March 19 (preliminary discussion), we will decide together on what to read.

There are two main options to choose from:

(a) either we decide on 1 book and for the further sessions chapters of this book will be presented and discussed by small teams;

b) or several books are assigned to several groups and for the further sessions, core chapters of these books are presented and discussed in small teams.


Seminar style:

The seminar is a participatory reading course and students will be given the opportunity to co-design and (co-)moderate sessions in consultation with the course lecturer. More details in the first session.

There's going to be 5 dates for group-presentation:

09 April 2024, 10:00–12:00
16 April 2024, 10:00–12:00 
23 April 2024, 10:00–12:00 
30 April 2024, 10:00–12:00 
07 May 2024, 10:00–12:15 

Examination Modalities

The grading criteria are as follows:

1. group presentation of a book chapter (group work) (30%)

2. regular short written submissions (60%)

3. participation in class (10%)


All partial assessments must be positive (>50%).



It is not necessary to have already attended the seminar in the winter semester!

Key Words

social theory, political economy, participatory reading class, economic sociology


19 March 2024, 11:00–12:00 Seminar room 35 (preliminary discussion)
09 April 2024, 10:00–12:00 Seminar room 35
16 April 2024, 10:00–12:00 Seminar room 35
23 April 2024, 10:00–12:00 Seminar room 35
30 April 2024, 10:00–12:00 Seminar room 35
07 May 2024, 10:00–12:15 Seminar room 35

Course Enrolment

From 05 February 2024, 00:00 to 19 March 2024, 23:59
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas 1-3: Study Area 3: Economics and Politics 569/020.03

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Economy and Politics: Deepening / Application 700/004.20

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Economy and Politics: Deepening / Application: Transcultural Studies 700/004.24

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible