International Political Economy - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Invigilated Exam (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as POL299 International Political Economy.

This unit is an introduction to the subject of international political economy. It reviews key conceptual approaches to the politics of the world economy; examines key processes of economic globalisation (trade, finance, multinational corporations); and considers debates and controversies over development pathways, globalisation and the rise of new economic powers. Students will develop an understanding of the politics of the global economy, and gain the skills to engage with major contemporary international economic and policy challenges.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
  1. understand and analyse the political dynamics of the world economy
  2. engage with key debates over how contemporary events and challenges are reforming the systems that govern the world economy
  3. demonstrate familiarity with the field of international political economy, and its relation to the fields of international relations and political science
  4. research, develop and deliver written and verbal analyses of contemporary international economic issues.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Online Discussion — Online Discussion Summary (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • POL299 — International Political Economy

Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to IPE
2The rise of the modern world economy
3Conceptual approaches to IPE
4International institutions and economic governance
5The global trade system
6The international financial system
7Global production and multinational corporations
8Economic regionalism
9Pathways to development
10Globalisation debates
11Rising powers and the liberal economic order
12Whither a world economy in crises

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Global Political Economy

    By:Ravenhill, J

    ISBN: 9780199666010


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