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Course Details in 2019/20 Session

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Module Title LH Contemporary International Political Economy
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 20911
Module Lead Dr Macartney
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1 or 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-20 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description In the first half of the course, we will address the theoretical aspect to the lack of change in the global political economy after the 2007 financial crisis. We will take a fairly comprehensive look at the state of IPE as a discipline to examine what it has or has not had to say as the financial crisis hit. We begin by asking big questions about what theory is, what an academic discipline is, and what role they should or should not play in shaping political and social change.

In the second half of the course we will apply some of these theoretical insights to empirical case studies (the EU and the UK). This part of the course seeks to examine the resilience of neoliberalism, an important factor explaining the type and degree of continuity and change. To re-emphasise, our overarching aim is to explore the role that a political economy analysis has and should have at the current historical conjuncture.
Learning Outcomes At the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a sound theoretical understanding of the key conceptual issues relating to globalisation.
  • Apply these to current developments within the international economy.
  • And be able to show awareness of the wider political context of how international political economy shapes global governance
Assessment 20911-02 : 500 Word Midterm Paper & Recorded Commentary : Coursework (25%)
20911-03 : 3000 Word Case Study : Coursework (75%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assesssment: 1 x 500 word essay plan + 2 minute recorded explanatory commentary (25%) 1 x 3,000 word case study (75%)
Reassessment : N/A
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