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Introduction to International Political Economy: theories and history


FIRST CLASS: Monday 10 January 2022, 6pm-7.30pm


This short course, Introduction to International Political Economy: Theories and History, introduces you to the study of international political economy, examining questions such as: Are ‘market forces’ more powerful than national governments? What role does politics play in the shaping of global markets for the clothes and food you buy, or the banks you use? How do bodies such as the World Trade Organization or the International Monetary Fund influence people's lives?

You will gain knowledge of international political and economic processes through an understanding of the conceptual and theoretical approaches applied to such questions, processes and institutions.

We plan to cover the following content:

  • The study of international political economy
  • Globalisation and international political economy
  • Classical liberalism: states and markets
  • Classical political economy, slavery and free trade
  • Nationalism, protectionism and realism
  • Imperialism: nineteenth-century 'globalisation'?
  • Depression, war and the post-1945 economic architecture
  • Decolonisation: uneven development?
  • New Orders? Dependency and the Third World
  • The 'return' of markets: neo-liberalism in the twentieth century

Assessment is via a 750-word book review (40%), examination/in-class test (50%) and seminar participation (10%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.