Module Identifier IP37220  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator To Be Arranged  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours (16 x 1 hour)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   8 Hours (4 x 2 hour)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  70%
Semester Assessment Essay: 1 x 2,000 words  30%
Supplementary Exam Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics. 

Learning outcomes

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

- demonstrate a working knowledge of the leading approaches to IPE, both mainstream and critical
- identify the main structural features of the global political economy and how they are changing
- outline some of the leading issues of the day, such as the governability of global finance and the appropriate role of international economic institutions.

Brief description

This module introduces students to the academic study of International Political Economy (IPE). It will be of interest to those students who wish to acquire a deeper understanding of the way in which the global economy is structured and organised. By taking this module students will prepare themselves for more advanced study in IPE. It is also a pre-requisite for taking IP32720 (The Political Economy of Global Finance).


The aim of this module is to provide students with an overview of IPE as an academic discipline, thereby deepening their understanding of the broader context of international politics.


This module explores the historical origins of the global economy, canvasses leading approaches to IPE, outlines the main structural features of the contemporary period, and examines current issues such as globalisation and global economic governance.

Transferable skills

By taking this module students can develop three different sets of skills. As a result of preparing and attending lectures, students will have the opportunity to develop their comprehension and analytical skills. As a result of preparing for and participating in tutorial discussions, they will have an opportunity to improve time management skills and practise oral debating and presentation skills. As a result of writing and researching their essays, they will be expected to employ recognised social science methods of inquiry, develop their library and IT skills, practise good writing techniques, demonstrate solid time management capabilities (to meet deadlines), and display sound analytical capacity. Developing these skills throughout the module will assist students in achieving the module's principal aim of introducing them to the academic study of IPE.

10 ECTS credits

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Richard Stubbs and Geoffrey Undershill eds Politcal Economy and the Changing global Order 2nd. (ISBN: 0195414640)
George Crane and Abla Amawi eds The Theorectical Evolution of International Politics Economy 2nd. (ISBN: 0195094433)
Robert Gilpin Global Political Economy (ISBN: 069108677X)
Susan Strange States and Markets (ISBN: 0861879929)
Ronen Palan, ed. Global Political Economy (ISBN: 0415204895)


This module is at CQFW Level 6