International Political Economy

A key purpose of university education and the study of political economy is to equip you to question and challenge what is often taken-for-granted.

This purpose is often lost when courses are structured so as to simply pass on information from lecturer to student.

In contrast, this module is structured around a series of “big questions” about the world. In the lectures we will draw on a range of theoretical approaches and real life examples. Our central aim however, is not to give you the “right answer” – as if there were such a thing – but to help you engage with and reflect upon the structures of power in the global political economy.

In doing this, the course draws upon some of the most recent debates and shifts within the field of international political economy – as well as drawing on more traditional strands of classical political economy. 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 modules include: the establishment and demise of the Bretton Woods system; the contest of ideas over economic reform; the causes and consequences of economic globalization; and how the globalized international political economy should be governed, issues and problems in international political economy.


  • 1 x 4,000 word case study  (100%)