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International Political Economy

Course Code: PUBLG050

Course Tutor: Dr Michael Plouffe (Department of Political Science) and Dr Lauge Poulsen (Department of Political Science)

Assessment: One 3,000 word essay

Credit Value: 15

About this course

This course introduces students to the study of international political economy (IPE). The boundaries of the discipline have grown substantially over recent decades and now include a wide variety of topics—the politics of trade, financial liberalization, international migration, the political economy of energy, and international investment protection to name just a few. In this class students will be introduced to the principal perspectives on each of these issues. We will discuss and critically assess critically recent theories and evidence on which political and economic forces enable and constrain global economic relations. Additionally, students will be able to answer several questions:

  • How well do IPE theories explain observable patterns in the global economy?
  • What are the limits of the current IPE research?
  • Which areas require further investigation?

There are no prerequisites for this class. PUBLG050 is designed as an introductory class and no prior knowledge of political science or economics is required. Students possessing a background in economics may wish to take PUBLG110. Finally, students are strongly advised against taking both courses as there are substantive overlaps. The choice of module PUBLG050 or PUBLG110 should be guided by familiarity with the topic. Students should consult the reading lists for further information.

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