Department of Political Science


POLS0043/0045 International Political Economy

Course Code: POLS0043/0045

Course Tutor: TBC

Length: One term (Autumn Term (POLS0043) or Spring Term (POLS0045))

Teaching: 20 contact hours

Assessment: Two 2,000 word essays (40/60%)

Credits: 15 credits, 4 (US), 7.5 (ECTS)

Module Level: POLS0043 is L5 (Intermediate) and POLS0045 is L6 (Advanced).

Please Note: Students cannot elect both modules.

About this course

This module provides an introduction to the study of International Political Economy (IPE). IPE is a field of research that combines the study of politics and economics, exploring both international and domestic factors that impact preferences, behaviors, and policies. Topics include the politics and policies relating to international trade and investment and the ways in which these are influenced by both domestic and international institutions. Students will be able to explore both theoretical and empirical work across these and other domains. By the end of the term, students will have a firm understanding of IPE as a discipline, including what it can tell us about a wide variety of policy outcomes.

While this module does not have any prerequisites, some prior coursework in comparative political institutions, international relations, or economics is highly recommended.

Please note that POLS0045 is an advanced Political Science module. Its delivery is based on the assumption that you are familiar with concepts and theories central to the field. If this is not the case, you may find additional background reading necessary to appropriately engage with the course material. The following texts are recommended:

Abbott, K.W. and Snidal, D., 2000. Hard and soft law in international governance. International organization, 54(03), pp.421-456.

Krugman, P., Obstfeld, M. and Melitz, M., 2015. International economics: Theory and policy. Chapters 1 and 3.

Shepsle, K.A., 2006. Rational choice institutionalism. The Oxford handbook of political institutions, pp.23-38.

You may also want to look at the POLS0043/45 (POLS7015) reading list from last year (accessible via the UCL Library) to get an idea of the readings and topics covered in the module itself.