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Undergraduate Course: International Political Economy (PLIT08020)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 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; transnational corporations; and globalisation and regionalization.
Course description The course examines power and politics in the global economy. It begins with a review of mainstream and critical theoretical approaches to the study of international political economy. Thematically, the course places emphasis on issues areas in the post-World War Two global economy, including international trade, global production, international finance, monetary power, debt and financial crises, development, globalisation and climate change. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the role of the state and the persistence of state power under integrationist pressures. We will also consider the power of social movements, interest groups, transnational corporations and international institutions / organisations in shaping global economic processes and governance. Throughout the course, students will confront cross-cutting issues, such as inequality, public versus private power, and integration.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students considering a transfer to an International Relations degree may take this course as a substitute for PLIT08018 PIR 1B.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  192
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 167 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay (1600 words, 40%), tutorial participation (10%), exam (50%)
Feedback Written feedback will be provided for the essay, exam and tutorial participation. Students will receive essay feedback within 15 working days. Essay feedback will be received in time to help students prepare for the final exam.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:15
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
Cohn T. (2011) Global Political Economy, 6th edition (New York: Pearson
O'Brian, R. and Williams, M. (2016). Global Political Economy. Palgrave MacMillan.
Strange, Susan (1997). Casino Capitalism. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Strengthen student skills to evaluate and critically analyse competing explanations for events, processes and structures occurring in the global political economy.
Strengthen students' oral and written communication skills through written and oral assessment activities.
Enhance students' ability to work with others through constructive class discussion and debate.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Julia Calvert
Tel: (0131 6)51 4752
Course secretaryMr Ian McClory
Tel: (0131 6)50 3932
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