International Political Economy

Subject POLS90026 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks. Repeat streams will be scheduled subject to enrolments.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Admission to the Master of International Relations (MIR)



Recommended Background Knowledge:

Previous knowledge of history and of other social sciences, especially political science, economics, international relations, or sociology is very desirable but not rquired.

Non Allowed Subjects:

166-572 International Political Economy

166-548 International Political Economy

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Prof. Andrew Walter:

Dr. Jikon Lai:

Subject Overview:

This subject provides students with a critical understanding of international political economy, exploring links between international politics and economics in historical and contemporary perspective. An advanced introduction to a range of competing theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of international political economy is provided. Dilemmas of global economic governance are explored in relation to debates surrounding the role of major inter-governmental institutions such as the World Trade Organisation, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the G20, and via examination of overlapping regimes of public and private power through which global systems of production, consumption, trade and finance are organised and governed. Key contemporary debates are explored, including divisions between developed and developing countries, the management of financial crises and the environmental consequences of a growth-based world economy.

  • Developing a political and historical understanding of the major actors and events that have shaped the emergence of the contemporary international political economy.
  • Developing comprehensive knowledge of the institutional regimes through which the international political economy is organised and governed.
  • Strengthening skills in critically analysing competing empirical and theoretical claims regarding the consequences of contemporary globalisation.
  • Developing skills in analysing and evaluating the design and operation of both public and private regimes of global economic governance.

1. Written assessment of 500 (10%) due mid semester;

2. Written assessment of 2,000 words (40%) due near the end of semester

3. 3-hour exam, equivalent to 2500 words (50%) held during the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment that is submitted after the due date and up to 10 working days late without an approved extension will be marked on a pass/fail basis only. Assessment that is submitted later than 10 working days will not be accepted or marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A reading pack will be available for purchase from the University Bookshop

John Ravenhill (ed), 2011, Global Political Economy, (3rd ed), Oxford University Press

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic.
  • to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry.
  • to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively.
  • to develop cross-cultural understanding.

This subject is a compulsory component of the Master of International Relations. It is also compulsory in the Master of International Politics 200-point program (teach-out), for those students who have not completed 166-401.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of International Relations
200 Point Master of International Relations

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