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PL10877: International political economy

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: ES 50%, EX 50%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The unit provides an introduction to the study of International Political Economy from a theoretically informed perspective. The changing nature of the international system in the context of globalisation produces consequences for many areas of the global economy and the unit is aimed at addressing these transformations in the light of theoretical debates; one of the most significant is the paradox of regionalisation within globalisation. The unit will therefore:
* provide an overview of theoretical approaches to international political economy;
* address the main issues in the global political economy, from financial markets to exchange rate crises and from mass migration to international trade arrangements;
* introduce the paradox of regionalisation within globalisation by looking at the development of three macro regions: the Americas, Europe and Africa; and the Middle East.

Learning Outcomes:
Students successfully completing this unit will be able to demonstrate:
1. a knowledge of different theoretical approaches to International Political Economy;
2. knowledge and understanding of debates surrounding globalisation in the international economy, its problems and implications.

Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are taught and assessed in this unit.

1. What is IPE.
2. Neo-institutionalist approaches to IPE.
3. Neo-realist approaches to IPE.
4. Critical approaches to IPE.
5. The debate on globalisation.
6. The paradox of Regionalisation within globalisation: The case of Europe.
7. The paradox of regionalisation within globalisation: the case of the Americas 1.
8. The paradox of regionalisation within globalisation: the case of the Americas 2.
9. The paradox of marginalisation within globalisation: The case of the Middle East and Northern Africa.
10. Globalisation and the instability of financial markets: determining exchange rate credibility.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL10877 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AAB30 : BSc (hons) Politics and International Relations (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 1
  • UHPL-AFB30 : BSc (hons) Politics and International Relations (Full-time) - Year 1
  • UHPL-AKB30 : BSc (hons) Politics and International Relations (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.