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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). 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. With these approaches 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.

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 contemporary issues.

  • Students can expect to hone their critical reading, writing, argumentation, and presentation skills.


On the right-hand side of the programme front page of the E-Prospectus you will find a link to the online timetables.

Mode of instruction

Seminar instruction

Study load: 280 hours

Assessment method

2 Essays – 40% each

  • a resit of the essays is only possible if the student has failed the assignments and a calculated overall course grade lower than 5.50.

  • the resit will take place 6th of June 2022.  

1 Class Presentation – 20%

  • failed grades must be compensated, resit is not possible

Class participation – Pass/Fail

  • failed grades must be compensated, resit is not possible

Failed partial grades or components should be compensated by passed partial grades or components. The calculated grade must be at least 5,5 to pass the course. It is not possible to re-sit a partial grade or component once you have passed the course.

Partial grades will remain valid for one academic year.

Reading list

This will be available on Brightspace 2-3 weeks before the start of the course


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Dr. Michael Sampson

Prof. Madeleine Hosli