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International Political Economy: issues and policies


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Following on from Introduction to International Political Economy: Theories and History, this short course, International Political Economy: Issues and Policies, extends your study of 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:

  • Commodities: the coffee industry
  • International trade: GATT and 'Free Trade'
  • Currencies and the deregulation of finance
  • Multinational production: China’s role
  • Regionalisation not globalisation?
  • Moving people: migration and labour
  • Illusions of the development industry
  • Moving money: remittances and diasporas
  • Global trade: the WTO and discontents
  • Global finance, governance and crises

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.