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Introduction to International Political Economy



This course introduces students to the field of International Political Economy (IPE) – the study of economic interactions between states, markets, and societies. The course begins with a focus on some key analytical approaches before moving on to exploration of empirical issues, and debates. Key issues to be explored include: trade, international monetary relations, the recent economic crisis, global inequality, and financial regulation.

Course Objectives

Objective 1: To understand some of the core issues and debates within the field of international political economy.
Objective 2: To be able to apply analytical approaches to these core issues and to be able to develop a critical understanding of these approaches.

Mode of Instruction

The course will consist of two 2-hour lectures per week throughout the block

Study Material

A course syllabus will be made available on Brightspace.
Text book: Thomas Oatley, Internaitonal Political Economy (6th Edition).

Assessment Method

Written Exam: A final exam (65% Multiple-Choice questions and 35% Open-ended questions/essays).

The time and location of inspection and debriefing of the exam will be announced via Blackboard Brightspace no later than the publication of the grades.


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Timetable - courses and exams

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