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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Postgrad (School of Social and Political Studies)

Postgraduate Course: International Political Economy (PGSP11171)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 (IPE). It is intended for students who have no previous background in the subject, or in economics. It begins by discussing the main schools of thinking about IPE and provides a historical overview of how the global economy has developed over the last century. The course then focuses on key areas of interest and debate within IPE including the policy autonomy of the state, the role of multinational corporations, the growth of finance, the 2007/08 financial crisis, inequality, development, and climate change. Throughout the course, students are expected to critically engage with the core readings and contribute to seminar discussions.

Outline Content
1. Introduction to IPE
2. IPE Theory I : Realism and Nationalism
3. IPE Theory II: Critical Approaches
5. International Trade

6. Globalisation and the State
6. Transnational Corporations
7. Global Finance
8. Financial Crises
9. Growth, Development and Inequality
10. The Environment and Climate Change

The course is taught through lectures and seminars. Seminars involve a combination of small-group discussions 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 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  90
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) Essay 1 (2000 words; 50% of the final grade).
Essay 2 (2000 words; 50% of the final grade).
Feedback 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.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr David Yarrow
Course secretaryMrs Casey Behringer
Tel: (0131 6)50 2456
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