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International Political Economy


Admission requirements

MSc International Relations and Diplomacy students.


This is an advanced Master’s level course on International Political Economy (IPE). In very broad terms, IPE is the study of the changing relationships between states, markets, and societies around the globe. It also represents a confluence of approaches: namely, political science, sociology, and economics. In this course, students will deepen their understanding of key IPE theories, approaches, issues, and debates. We begin by examining IPE’s main theoretical toolkit and the debates that have structured theoretical innovation in the field. Theories covered included: liberalism, mercantilism, and structuralism as well as constructivism, postmodernism, and feminism. With these theories in mind, students will examine central IPE issues like the current economic crisis, global governance and transnational financial regulation, the diffusion of state authority and the rise of private authority at the international level, the role of international organizations in IPE, and how “emerging economies” and the changing face of regionalism are reshaping the global economy.

Course objectives

*Students will deepen their understanding of the main theories and themes that structure the study of International Political Economy. They will acquire knowledge of both perennial IPE debates as well as cutting edge issues.
*Students can expect to hone their critical reading, writing and presentation skills.


To be announced by OSC staff.

Mode of instruction

The course will be entirely seminar-based. During class discussions all students make a contribution, and they give an assessed oral presentation. They will also be required to complete three assessed writing assignments.

Course Load

10 EC

Assessment method

Presentations - 30%
Critical Reflection Papers 30% (15% each), these are 800 words max
Final Essay - 40%, these are 2000 words max

Compensation between assessment components is possible. The compensation is possible if the overall course grade is above 5,5. It is not possible to re-sit a component if you pass the course.


On the Blackboard course site, students will find all relevant information for this course.

Reading list

Journal articles, and book chapters.


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Dr. Michael Sampson