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Postgraduate Course: International Political Economy (PGSP11171)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis option introduces the main schools of thinking about International Political Economy by focusing upon the patterns of evolution in the global political economy since the Second World War. The course considers the main theoretical approaches to understanding IPE, before considering the subject areas of trade, transnational corporations, international finance, development, globalisation and regionalisation. It is designed for students with no prior experience of the subject or of economics.
Course description This course introduces the subject area of international political economy. It is intended for students who have had no previous background in the subject, or in economics. It begins with the main schools of thinking about international political economy and examines international exchanges of money and trade, including how they have changed over recent decades. The course also looks at problems of under-development and debt. The role of non-state actors, and the growth of regionalism and globalisation in the contemporary world economy are also examined.

Outline Content

1. Introduction to IPE
2. IPE Theory I
3. IPE Theory II
4. Global Finance
5. International Trade
6. Transnational Corporations
7. Development
8. Globalisation and the State
9. Regionalism
10. Global Power Shifts

The course is hands-on, taught through lectures and seminars. Seminars involve a combination of small-group discussions, debates, and a variety of other in-class activities. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to make connections between the theory and concepts explored in class and ongoing real-word events in the contemporary international political economy and related policy debates.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  60
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Participation in seminars (10% of the final grade).
Essay 1 (2000 words; 45% of the final grade).
Essay 2 (2000 words; 45% of the final grade).
Feedback Assessment is based on active and informed in-class participation (10% of the final grade) and 2 essays (max. 2000 words each, worth 45% each).

Formative assessment: The first essay is due mid-semester and will provide an opportunity to receive and incorporate feedback prior to submitting the second essay due at the end of the semester.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the value of the theoretical approaches to IPE
  2. Have an understanding of the forces shaping the developments in the international economy since the Second World War.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserMs Charlotte Rommerskirchen
Course secretaryMiss Jemma Auns
Tel: (0131 6) 50 24 56
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