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International Political Economy



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.

Methods of Instruction


Study Material

See course syllabus on blackboard.


Response papers, class presentations and a final term paper.

You can register for an exam or retake through USIS until 10 days before the exam or retake.


Monday 3 February until 24 March, 15.00-17.00 hrs in 2A36 (except 3 &17 March in SA29,10 February 9.00-11.00 hrs in 1A22 and 17 February 9.00-11.00 hrs in 1A24)
Thursday 6 February until 27 March, 11.00-13.00 hrs in 2B22