International Political Economy

Subject 166-548 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A two-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week , 8 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of International Politics.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Prof. Ralph Pettman
Subject Overview: This subject discusses the global patterns of production and trade, finance and investment, development and work. It compares systematically the competing accounts of these patterns, as provided by the different analytical languages used to articulate the modernist project. It also compares critiques of the way in which these debates are conducted by those who are marginalised by them, for example, by women, environmentalists, indigenous peoples, and postcolonials. In the process it confronts many of the key world issues of our day, like how do we effect the miracles of global supply? Whose needs get met and whose do not? How viable is the world economy?
  • understand the international political economy and the different ways in which it is described and explained.
Assessment: Ten briefing papers totaling 2500 words (one a week except for the first and last weeks), all together worth 50%, and an essay of 2500 words due at the end of the semester, worth 50%.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available for purchase from the University Bookstore
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be able to demonstrate competence in analytical, critical, and creative thinking, through the writing of weekly briefing papers, through essay writing, and through seminar discussions;
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in assessing the modernist context in which contemporary international politics are couched, and which they promote and protect on a global basis.
Notes: Formerly available as 166-548. Students who have completed 166-548 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Master of Applied Commerce (International)
Master of International Politics
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Political Science
Political Science
Political Science

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