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Undergraduate Course: International Political Economy (PLIT10018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces the subject area of international political economy. It is intended for students who have had no previous background in the subject or economics. It begins with a review of the principal theoretical approaches to the study of international political economy. It then examines the major issue areas in the post-war global economy, including: trade; international finance including debt crises; transnational corporations; and globalization and regionalization.
Course description The course begins with a review of the principal theoretical approaches to the study of international political economy. It then examines the major issue areas in the post-World War 2 global economy, including: trade, transnational corporations, international finance including debt crises; international finance, development, globalization and regionalization.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites Visiting students should have at least 4 Politics/International Relations courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  74
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay 40%, in-class participation 10% and written exam 50%. In week 10 the tutorial will consist of a simulated poverty conference, which counts for a third of the overall tutorial mark. You will have to represent the organisation of your choice (this can be a development bank, and NGO, a philanthropist e.g. Oxfam, the New Development Bank, Bill Gates¿). Come up with a plan for a project that contributes to the eradication of poverty, anywhere in the world. You will have to make a bid for part or all of US$100 million provided by IKEA in order to boost their image as a conscientious company. To do this, you will make a 2-minute statement explaining your project to the tutorial group
Feedback Individual feedback to tutorial participation is available upon request throughout the semester, or if the tutor feels that it would be helpful.
Written feedback with detailed comments will be provided for the essay, the exam as well as tutorial participation.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of key theories in international political economy.
  2. Exhibit a strong understanding of competing analytical and ideological approaches for understanding the international economic system.
  3. Evaluate alternative explanations for particular developments and events in global political economy.
  4. Show an understanding of the evolution of the international political economy since the second world war.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course has a quota. Preference will be given to Politics and IR students.
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus 1 hour seminar per week
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Julia Calvert
Tel: (0131 6)51 4752
Course secretaryMr Alexander Dysart
Tel: (0131 6)51 5197
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