Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Topics
    • Introduction to IPE
    • The rise of the modern world economy
    • Conceptual approaches to IPE
    • International institutions and economic governance
    • The global trade system
    • The international financial system
    • Global production and multinational corporations
    • Economic regionalism
    • Pathways to development
    • Globalisation debates
    • Rising powers and the liberal economic order
    • Whither a world economy in crises
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MUR-POL299


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as POL299 International Political Economy.

This subject 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.

  • Assignment 1 - Online Discussion Summary (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay (40%)

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 subject.

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