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Learn about capitalism with online courses and programs

Explore how businesses, markets, and incentives function in the economic system that shapes millions of lives. Learn more about capitalism with edX.

What is capitalism?

Capitalism is an economic and social system characterized by private ownership of the means of production, where individuals or businesses operate for profit in a competitive marketplace. In a capitalist system, the allocation of resources and the pricing of goods and services are determined by supply and demand in free markets, with minimal government intervention.

Whether one aspires to become an entrepreneur, economist, policymaker, or simply an informed individual, learning about capitalism is crucial for comprehending economic landscapes and its impact on societies.

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Capitalism course curriculum

A course on capitalism can equip learners with a comprehensive understanding of the economic system, its strengths, weaknesses, and implications for society. Some examples of topics that might be covered include:

  • Historical evolution of capitalism

  • Economic theories

  • Various market structures

  • Supply and demand

  • Consumer behavior

edX offers online courses that allow learners to study a variety of topics, including capitalism and other economic systems. ‌Sign up for an accelerated boot camp or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree, or (or more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education courses specifically designed for busy professionals.

Explore jobs related to capitalism

Learning about capitalism equips learners with valuable skills and insights applicable to various industries and professions. Some examples of potential careers include:

  • Economist: Studies the principles and dynamics of capitalism, conducting research on economic trends, policies, and market behavior.

  • Financial analyst: Assesses the performance of companies, industries, and markets, providing investment recommendations based on market trends.

  • Investment banker: Facilitates mergers, acquisitions, and capital raising for businesses, playing a key role in the financial system.

  • Entrepreneur: Establishes and manages their businesses, applying economic principles to innovate, create wealth, and take calculated risks.

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. Some employers may seek candidates with a degree in economics, depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.