|Module Title||THEORIES AND THEORISTS OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Randall Germain|
|Course delivery||Seminar||1 x two hour seminar per week over one semester|
|Assessment||Essay||1 x 2,000 word critical review essay||30%|
|Essay||1 x 6,000 word research essay||70%|
This module explores the different theoretical approaches utilized within the discipline of International Political Economy. It begins by examining mainstream traditions of thought, principally neo-realism and neo-liberalism, and then moves on to consider alternative approaches grounded in Marxism, sociology and history. It ends by considering the newly-developed Gramsican approach to IPE. The module's principal starting point is the belief that the central intellectual task of IPE is to conceptually identify and explain the way in which the world political economy is organized.
The main objective of this module is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the how the discipline of International Political Economy has evolved in the 20th century. The method used will be to assess critically leading texts in the discipline, together with appropriate commentaries, thereby providing an awareness of the particular way in which theoretical discourse has arisen within IPE. Upon completion of this module, students should be able to: