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The Normative Dimensions of the Global Economy



This course will explore the normative commitments (value judgements) that underlie and inform the study of the international economy with reference to a number of crucial contemporary world events. We will begin with an examination of utilitarian philosophy and exploration of the ideas that underpins much of the work on international relations theory. Thereafter we will explore alternative approaches and critiques before moving on to explore the unspoken normative commitments that shape specific policy debates, particularly in relation to topics such as the global financial crisis, the negotiation of international trade agreements such as TTIP, and the economic rise of China.

Course Objectives

Objective1: To gain a sound understanding of the normative commitments underpinning debates in international political economy.
Objective 2: To be able to critically apply this understanding to crucial policy questions in international political economy

Methods of Instruction

This course will consist of two 2-hour seminars each week for seven weeks. These seminars will begin with a short introduction before moving on to group discussion.

Study Material

A course syllabus will be made available on blackboard.

Assessment method

2 Critical Reflection Papers – 30%

Class Presentation – 30%

1 Final Seminar Paper – 40%

Class Participation - Pass/Fail

Admission requirements

Introduction to International Political Economy