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Global Social Policy: The Political Economy of Social Reproduction


Admission requirements

Completion of Core Course in Global Political Economy, or completion of other relevant MAIR core course.


This course offers an exploration of the relational and institutional dimensions of appropriation, production, and social production in diverse national and international contexts. It critically examines the interplay between reproductive and productive work in relation to the ongoing reorganization of households, work dynamics, capital flows, and the functioning of states. These complex relationships are analysed through the lenses of location, class, gender, ethnicity, race/racism, and other social markers of identity.
By engaging with a diverse range of scholarship, the course delves into social reproduction, social policy, and reproductive labour as crucial human activities that serve various purposes. These include protection, nurturance, capabilities development, and the enhancement of life chances in the world market. Simultaneously, they can contribute to discrimination, exclusion, exploitation, and the perpetuation, deepening, and transmission of various forms of inequality.
Throughout the course, students will explore contemporary normative and policy debates related to the themes covered. This analysis aims to foster a comprehensive understanding of the complex dynamics and challenges associated with social reproduction, social policy, and reproductive labour. By critically examining these issues, students will develop the analytical skills necessary to contribute to ongoing discussions and potential policy solutions.

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Develop a critical understanding of social reproduction and global social policy.

  • Appreciate the relevant scholarship and policy literature pertaining to these themes.

  • Acquire the necessary ideas and tools to effectively integrate these concepts into their own research.
    By the end of the course, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Analyse and evaluate contemporary debates surrounding social reproduction and social policy.

  • Articulate well-reasoned positions on the questions addressed in the course content.
    Through rigorous engagement with the course material, students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to critically engage with and contribute to the ongoing discourse in the field of social policy and social reproduction.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

The assessment for this course is based on the following activities:
Timely submission of 10 weekly written journal assignments, each consisting of one to two pages.
Active participation in and facilitation of weekly discussions.
Mid-term assessment in the form of an open test.
Final assessment in the form of an end-of-term 5000-word paper


  • Participation: attendance, facilitation and weekly written journal assignments (30%)

  • Midterm assessment (30%)

  • Final paper (40%)

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average. However, students are required to pass every component of the assessment to be able to receive a final passing grade.


Resits are offered only on the written assignments, if they are found to be insufficient. The resubmission should be made within two weeks of being advised on the insufficiency of the original.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

The readings for this course will be made available upon registration and will consist of a combination of peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. The materials will be accessible through the university catalogue, ensuring easy access for enrolled students. The readings have been carefully selected to provide a comprehensive understanding of the topics of social reproduction and social policy, drawing from diverse scholarly perspectives and research findings.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website


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  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Huizinga