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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

The aim of this module is to provide students with a critical overview of the study of International Political Economy (IPE). It aims to explore IPE within the wider areas of International Relations, where it emerged and then show how it evolved. It will introduce students to the main theoretical approaches used within the study of IPE and look at key processes such as trade, monetary governance, development, economic crisis and resistance.


This module: 1) Outlines the historical emergence of the study of International Political Economy 2) Illustrates the different theoretical and methodological traditions that exist within International Political Economy 3) Analyses key functional areas such as trade, monetary governance and development 4) Looks at forms of alternatives and possible transformation of the International Political Economy

Learning Outcomes:

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

By the end of the course students should : 1) Critically understand the theoretical and methodological roots of the study of IPE 2) Identify and evaluate the structures and practices of the International Political Economy 3) Identify and the debate the different issues that have emerged in the study in recent years

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

By the end of the module students should be able to: 1)Appreciate the different approaches that have been used in understanding International Political Economy 2)Be able to critically overview recent issues that have emerged from the governance of the international political economy 3)Be able to enhance communicative skills through presenting work

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

The course will be taught in the form of lectures and seminars. Lectures will inform students of the main features and debates within the module and will also put them in touch with the current relevant journals which these debates are being discussed (graduate attribute: knowledgeable). Seminars will allow students to discuss these issues through forms of problem based learning (graduate attribute: Articulate). This will also enable them to formulate the tools to disseminate critical knowledge (graduate attribute: creative). Finally group presentations will allow students to utilise knowledge and insight gained from the course (graduate attribute: cooperative).

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

Prime Texts:

O'Brien, R and Williams, M. (2007) Global Political Economy , Palgrave
Palan, R (2013) Global Political economy , Routledge

Other Relevant Texts:

Cohen, B (2008) International Political Economy , Princeton
Shields, S, Bruff, I and Macartney, H () Critical International Political Economy , Palgrave

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

MAPOLITFA - Politics
MAINSTTFA - International Studies
MAPUADTFA - Public Administration
MAPDSTTFA - Peace and Development Studies
MAEPGOTFA - European Politics and Governance

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