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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

This module aims to familiarise the student with the basic principles and issues in Global Political Economy (GPE). These include the theories associated with GPE and the institutions that manage it. The module, through the assignments and the tutorials, will also develop writing and oral presentation skills.


This module is divided into two sections. The first will deal with the theories used to explain the GPE (mercantilism, liberalism and critical theory) and how they interact and contribute towards the changing nature of global politics. The second will look at the institutional and governmental workings of the global economic, and discuss the context and impacts such governance has had. By the end of the course students should be able to grasp the linkages between politics and economics at the global level and be able to critically evaluate key concepts such as globalisation, the relationship between states and markets, the emergence of multinational economic actors and the role and purpose of institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organisation

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

Identity and Understand the different theroetical positions within the study of Global Political Economy. Understand the instutional functions within the global political economy. Locate Global Political Economy within the broader framework of global politics.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Demonstrate an awareness of the different interpretations within Global Political Economy. Critically evaluate the working processes of financial institutions within world politics.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

Assess the major debates within Global Political Economy through a written and oral medium.

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

Lectures and seminars. Seminars will allow students to build upon, express and develop their argumentative and communicative skills

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

John Ravenhill (2005) Global Political Economy , Oxford University Press
Richard O┬┐Brien and Marc Williams (2007) Global Political Economy: Evolution and Dynamics , Palgrave
Roe Goddard, Patrick Cronin & Kishore Dash (2004) International Political Economy , Palgrave

Other Relevant Texts:

David Balaam and Michael Veseth (2004) Introduction to International Political Economy , Pearsons
Rupert, M. and Solomon, S (2006) Globalization and International Political Economy: The Politics of Alternative Futures , Rowman and Littlefield
Strange, S (1988) States and Markets , Pinter
Gilpin, R (1992) The Political Economy of International Relations , Princeton University Press

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Spring - 08/09

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