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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Politics Short Name: POL520
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: ABBOTT JP Dr (Politics)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark
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Assignment (2000 words)


2 Hr Final Examination


Qualifying Condition(s) 

A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module.

Module Overview

This module offers a distinctive perspective on the relationship between politics and economics, markets and states, and between political and economic agency and power in the world. It presents the study of International Political Economy (IPE) as a distinctive (sub)discipline of the study of politics and analyses the distinctive approaches and theories of IPE. The module then explores the changing roles and influence of different actors in the international political economy, such as multinational corporations, national governments, international institutions (such as the World Trade Organization and the World Bank) and civil society organizations.

Module Aims
·         To provide students with a theoretically-informed and comprehensive understanding of the origins, structure, and politics of the contemporary global economy
·         To introduce students to the study of IPE, its competing perspectives and the diverse theoretical and empirical literature on the subject;
·         To provide students with a good theoretical and empirical understanding of the interaction between political and economic factors in international relations;
·         To foster a critical and informed awareness of the academic literature in IPE and to demonstrate this in essays, class presentations and examinations;
To set the ground for further study in the field or for careers that require an understanding of the interaction between politics and economics in international relations.
Learning Outcomes
At the end of this module, students should be able to:
Knowledge and understanding
·         Understand the different ways of conceptualising international economic relationships and processes and their impacts on international politics
·         understand that a range of theoretical models which can be applied to the study of international political economy
·         Understand the major actors in the IPE – states, global corporations, international institutions and civil society organisations/movements.
·         understand and critically analyse complex issues in International Political Economy
Cognitive skills
·         gather, organise and deploy evidence and information from a range of different sources
·         analyse and synthesise a wide range of material in different formats
·         deal with complex issues systematically and creatively
·         construct reasoned argument
·         apply theoretical frameworks to empirical analysis
Practical skills
·         make appropriate use of information and communications technology
·         form effective arguments
·         research current issues using a range of different sources
·         debate current issues in the study of international political economy
Transferable skills
·         communicate and present ideas effectively, orally and in written format
·         reason critically
·         use information and communication technology for the retrieval and presentation of material
·         deploy a range of relevant research skills
·         take responsibility for own learning
Module Content

1.Political Economy: the relationship between politics and economics

2. Developments in the study of IPE (From ‘states and markets’ to Critical IPE)

3. Power and IPE / GPE

4. Institutions in IPE / GPE (RS)

5. The development ‘problem’: The South in International Political Economy

6. From Interdependence to Globalization

7. Corporate Power? Multinational Corporations and International Finance

8. The rise of regionalism
9. The role of American Power

10. Hegemony and Neo-liberalism

11. Critical Voices: From gender to Gaia.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals
Last Updated
7 July 2010