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International Political Economy (Module)

Module description

Please note that module information is indicative and may change year to year.

International Political Economy (IPE) is one of the most intellectually exciting and stimulating disciplines in the social sciences today. It has developed over the past few decades as it has become clear that more specialized disciplines such as Economics, Politics, and Sociology are inadequate to understand the complex shifts in power that have developed thanks to the processes normally described as globalization. IPE is a key intellectual tool in understanding where Europe – and indeed the world – are heading. In the first semester we explore different theoretical perspectives in political economy and on the international, before addressing in the second semester issues in the contemporary global political economy that allow us to test these approaches.

Module aims

The aim of the course is to provide students with an introduction to International Political Economy as a basis for understanding Europe’s place in the contemporary global political economy. More specifically:

  • Students will be introduced to the main subject matter of IPE as a discipline;
  • They will receive grounding in political economy as a distinctive intellectual approach within the social sciences;
  • They will cover the main competing theoretical and methodological approaches to IPE; and
  • They will also study a selection of issues that throw light on the development of the global political economy and of Europe’s place within it.

Staff information


Teaching pattern

One lecture and seminar per week

Module assessment - more information

One 3000 word assessed essay (50%); One 3 hour examination (50%)

Key information

Module code 5AAOB204

Credit level 5

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 30

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module Yes