POL40370 International Political Economy

Academic Year 2022/2023

This course is the core module for the first trimester of the International Political Economy MA/MSc. The course covers both theoretical and thematic topics in the field from the perspective of the "American" school. It will examine the central issues in IPE of trade, money, foreign investment, globalisation, regionalisation, and the politics of the illicit global economy. The module considers the historical evolution of international economic governance, before turning to contemporary issues including the rise of the BRICS countries, Brexit, Trump and the emergence of economic nationalism.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should have gained advanced knowledge both the theoretical and thematic topics of international political economy. Individually, students are assessed based on an original research design on an IPE topic of the student's choosing and two critique papers (4-6 pages, double-spaced) on the topics of their choice. These two types of assessment develop research and writing skills, as well as promoting an in-depth knowledge of a contemporary IPE issue. Also, class participation and two/three presentations of an assigned reading are expected.

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 Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Critical essay Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: 2-hour midterm examination Unspecified Yes Graded No


Presentation: Presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: 2-hour final examination Unspecified Yes 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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