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International Political Economy (PLIT08020)







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Please note this is a different course than 'International Political Economy' (PLIT10018) which runs in Semester 2. **Please note that all Politics courses are very high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** Visiting students are advised to bear in mind that enrolment in specific courses can never be guaranteed, and you may need to be flexible in finding alternatives in case your preferred courses have no available space. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

This course introduces the subject area of international political economy. It is intended for students who have had no previous background in the subject or economics. It begins with a review of the principal theoretical approaches to the study of international political economy. It then examines the major issue areas in the post-war global economy, including: trade; international finance; transnational corporations; and globalisation and regionalization.

Course Description

The course examines power and politics in the global economy. It begins with a review of mainstream and critical theoretical approaches to the study of international political economy. Thematically, the course places emphasis on issues areas in the post-World War Two global economy, including international trade, global production, international finance, monetary power, debt and financial crises, development, globalisation and climate change. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the role of the state and the persistence of state power under integrationist pressures. We will also consider the power of social movements, interest groups, transnational corporations and international institutions / organisations in shaping global economic processes and governance. Throughout the course, students will confront cross-cutting issues, such as inequality, public versus private power, and integration.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 50%, Coursework 40%, Practical Exam 10%

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