Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course compares co-operative models across cultures through historical and ethnographic lenses. Specifically, it examines co-operative models across cultures with consideration of Australian, North and South American, Asian, European, Indian and African co-operative constructs. The course addresses perceived strengths and weaknesses of varying models and undertakes a critical appraisal of varying co-operative constructs, potential applicability and potential transferability across cultures, either in whole or in part.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the differing models of co-operatives conduct

2. Critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of various co-operative models

3. Identify and communicate how meta-traditions within cultures underpin varying models of co-operatives

4. Critically evaluate how political ideology influences the socio-economic structure of co-operatives in different country contexts

5. Critically appraise the potential applicability and transferability of co-operatives across cultures


The topics in the course include the following:

  1. Introduction - Course Rationale and Overview
  2. United Kingdom - Origins and Descendants
  3. Italy - Spain -  Basque
  4. Hungary - Poland
  5. Canada - France
  6. Japan - South Korea
  7. Brazil - Argentina
  8. Colombia - Mexico
  9. Philippines - Vietnam - Thailand
  10. India - Iran
  11. Kenya - South Africa
  12. Course Review

Assessment items

Presentation: Group Presentation

Report: Country Research Study and Report

Essay: Critical Essay

Formal Examination: Final Exam