POL40370 International Political Economy

Academic Year 2024/2025

This course serves as the cornerstone of the International Political Economy MA/MSc program during the initial trimester. It provides an encompassing examination of both theoretical underpinnings and thematic dimensions within the realm of International Political Economy (IPE), specifically adopting the vantage point of the "American" school. By critically delving into the core tenets of IPE, this course navigates through pivotal issues such as trade, foreign investment, globalization vs. regionalization, and international institutions. Through a systematic approach involving rigorous analysis, comprehensive case studies, and dynamic critical discussions, students will cultivate a profound and nuanced understanding of the multifaceted forces that shape international economic relations.

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Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this module, students will have acquired a profound comprehension of both the theoretical underpinnings and thematic intricacies within the realm of international political economy (IPE). Individually, students will be assessed through two in-class examinations carefully designed to evaluate their assimilation of assigned readings and their engagement in class discussions. Thus, these examinations will draw directly from the materials covered in the readings and class interactions. To foster advanced critical thinking and analytical skills, students will also be tasked with crafting two critique papers. Spanning 4-6 pages and adhering to double-spaced formatting, each paper will facilitate the honing of essential research and writing abilities, while concurrently fostering a nuanced comprehension of contemporary IPE complexities. Additionally, students are expected to lead presentations on assigned readings.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lecture, presentation, examination, essays 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment(Including Essay): Research Design Week 12 Graded No


Participation in Learning Activities: Reading Group Reflection Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12 Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Group Work Assignment: Group simulation/PBL Week 7 Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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