International Political Economy

School: School of Government
Department of Political Science and International Studies

Modular value: 20 credits
Duration: Term long
Total contact Hours: 3 hours per week  

The main aims of this course are to introduce you to the core theoretical debates and empirical issues-areas and to develop your research and analytical skills in the study of IPE.

The course is divided into three sections. In the first term it introduces students to the historical and theoretical foundations of IPE. The second section then looks at recent changes to the global order and how the subject is adapting. The second term turns to issues in IPE; including: poverty and inequality, gender and development, economic growth and environmental sustainability, intellectual property and food security.

By the end of the course, students should:

  • Develop their understanding of theoretical debates and issues such that they can engage these questions independently;
  • Build a theoretical informed and comprehensive understanding of the origins, structure, and politics of the contemporary global market economy
  • Develop research skills with respect to methods in international relations and political economy


1 x 1000 word project plan (25%)

1 x 3500 word project (75%)

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.