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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
1 Class Presentation – 20%
Class participation – Pass/Fail

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.

Partial grades will remain valid for one academic year. Should a student fail the overall course, s/he can complete the course in the next academic year. In cases of exceptional circumstances, a student may apply to the board of examiners for a resit to complete the course in the same academic year.

Reading list

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


Register for this course via uSis. Registration for courses is possible from 13 July, 13.00h. In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results.

Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. After enrolment for the course in uSis you will be automatically enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.


Dr. Michael Sampson

Prof. Madeleine Hosli