Leuven, Belgium

Economy, Ethics and Theology

online course
when 16 August 2021 - 21 August 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 250

This course aims to investigate the ethical and theological origins and critique of capitalism, engaging critically with classical political economy, key moral, theological and ecological critiques of political economy, and alternative approaches to economic and political organization. It is based on a reading of classic and contemporary texts in political economy and theological and philosophical ethics. It will be presented in the context of growing interaction between the humanities and economics amid global financial crises, and of intensified ethical, ecological and religious criticism of current trajectories of global capitalism, which contribute to increasing inequality, social exclusion, and ecological unsustainability. It is organised around key themes, framed by an interdisciplinary study of economy, ethics and theology, including the gift and archaic exchange, origins of the market economy, the philosophy of economic liberalism, Marxist and romantic critiques of modern political economy, and theological and practical alternatives to mainstream capitalism, including ecological economics, the local economy and fair trade.

Course leader

Prof. Dr. Michael S. Northcott is Professor of Religion and Ecology at the Indonesian Consortium of Religious Studies at Universitas Gadjah Mada Graduate School in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Since 2019, he also serves as Guest Professor at ETF Leuven.

Target group

Our Summer Colloquium is open to all interested people with academic qualifications and can serve as additional in-service training for pastors, teachers, and other ministry professionals.

Fee info

EUR 250: Online participation