Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Global Economic Governance
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  (2500 words)  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  (2500 words)  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of key aspects of global political economy.

2. Demonstrate ability to apply concepts of global economic governance to case studies.

3. Evaluate how different approaches to global economic governance contribute to resolving global challenges.

4. Demonstrate understanding of how global economic negotiations influence contemporary international politics.

Brief description

​The module examines the changing role of state and non-state actors in the global economy. It discusses a range of contemporary case studies in order to understand how different state and non-state actors respond to the challenges of the global economy in key areas like trade, finance, energy and investment. The module examines processes of conflict and cooperation in the global economy, and assesses the governance of major international institutions such as the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund. The module also examines how established and emerging economic powers negotiate key issues of global development, and enquires whether it is possible for these actors to agree to the formation of new international institutions.​


The module involves a number of case studies, some of which will be drawn from contemporary cases of global economic negotiations, including: the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organisation, the food security of the BRICS states, the debt diplomacy of Southern European states, and the regional economic agreements promoted by the US and China.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Students will learn how to communicate their ideas verbally and in writing, and how to present their arguments most effectively. They will develop skills in using the many sources of information available to best advantage. They will learn to be clear in their writing and speaking, and to be direct about aims and objectives. They will learn to consider only that which is relevant to the topic, focus and objectives of their argument or discussion. Students will also be required to submit their written assessments in word-processed format and the presentation of work should reflect effective expression of ideas and good use of language skills in order to ensure clarity, coherence and effective communication.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be required to undertake independent research in order to complete the assessed work for this module. This will involve utilizing a range of information sources, including core academic texts, journal articles, electronic publications, and online news sources.
Information Technology Students will enhance their digital proficiency using Blackboard, where materials to support learning will be made available. Students will also develop skills in searching for, and assessing the validity of, online information sources as part of preparation for lectures, workshops and assessed tasks. Assessed work will be presented in electronic format, according to standard expectations.
Personal Development and Career planning The module is designed to hone and test skills of use to students in their working lives, particularly in speaking to small groups, listening, thinking and responding to the statement of others. Moreover, the written work requires students to write clearly and concisely, which is a common task in the workplace. Students will be encouraged throughout to reflect on their performance and to consider lessons for future application. Students will be given the opportunity to regularly reflect on their progress at the workshops taking place throughout the module. The module convener will provide students with questions on the module topics that will help guide self-reflection.
Problem solving Creative problem solving will be one central goal of the module; the submission of an essay and preparation for workshop discussions will require that students develop independent research skills as well as problem solving skills. The ability of students to solve problems will be developed and assessed by asking them to: adopt differing points of view; organize data and estimate an answer to the problem; consider extreme cases; reason logically; consider similar cases; look for patterns; divide issues into smaller problems.
Research skills The module aims to promote critical and analytical thinking within a context in which support and assistance is available from the module convenor and other students. Students will be expected to improve their own learning and performance by undertaking their own research and exercising their own initiative, including searching for sources and deciding how to answer assessed essay questions.
Subject Specific Skills Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of subject specific skills that help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas on the module. These subject specific skills include: • Collect and understand a wide range of data relating to the module. • Evaluate competing perspectives. • Apply a range of methodologies to contemporary political problems.
Team work Students will undertake team exercises in the workshops. For some of the topics of this module, workshops will consist of small-group discussions where students will be asked to discuss as a group the core issues related to the workshop topic. These class discussions and debates form a significant part of the module, and will allow students to approach and examine a given topic through team work.


This module is at CQFW Level 5