International Political Economy

Second year module

Lecturer: Andre Broome

This module provides an introduction to the study of international political economy. We will examine the emergence and evolution of the international economy, major structural features of the contemporary international economy, the function and role of international economic organisations, and issues of finance, trade and development.

The course draws upon a range of theoretical perspectives to understand the contemporary international economic order and to explore the drivers of international economic change. Issues and problems covered across the two modules include: the establishment and demise of the Bretton Woods system; the origins and the legacy of the debt crisis; the contest of ideas over economic reform; the causes and consequences of economic globalization; and how the globalized international political economy should be governed.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the major theoretical perspectives on international political economy. 
  • Develop critical skills in analysing debates surrounding the emergence of an international economy. 
  • Gain a basic understanding of trade and development issues. 
  • Have a critical awareness of how power operates in international political economy and in development processes. 


  • 4 x 500 words briefing papers 30% - Term One
  • 4 x 500 words briefing papers 30% - Term Two
  • 2 hour examination 40% - Term Three