Module code: POL2038

Module provider


Module Leader

KAEDING M Dr (Politics)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation GROUP PRESENTATION 20%
Examination 1 HOUR EXAM 60%

Alternative Assessment

Individual mini-essay on presentation (800 words)

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module enables students to gain a solid understanding of key theories of International Political Economy (IPE) such as Mercantilism, Liberalism and Marxism. It strongly emphasises the political, philosophical and ethical aspects of IPE and is therefore more in-line with studies of Political Theory and Philosophy rather than Classical Economics.  The acquired knowledge should be applied in a critical fashion for the analysis of case studies. Multi-national corporations and institutions in the International Trade and Monetary System are introduced as key actors in the international political economic environment. Students will be able to discuss and debate the role of these institutions in the development of, and their behaviour during, crises, with focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Current and future challenges to the status quo of IPE are discussed as well.

Module aims

To introduce students to the main theoretical approaches and philosophical underpinning s of International Political Economy (IPE)

To familiarise students with major debates in IPE and the contribution of IPE to International Politics

To show the importance to IPE debates and their theoretical underpinnings for the analysis of current developments in international and domestic political and economic debates

To define the features and impact of actors in IPE and to illustrate this which country case studies in East Asia.

To train students in the understanding, description, comparison and analysis of politico-economic development in IPE.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Critically reflect on major theoretical perspectives of International Political Economy (IPE)
Identify and evaluate major IPE theories and their contribution to understanding of the world with special focus on the politics and international relations of the Asia-Pacific region
Gain a deeper understanding of the of the economic forces that shape international relations and communicate this to a lay audience
Demonstrate the ability to analyse a case study, applying theoretical frameworks to empirical evidence

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Topics discussed are likely to include but not be limited to the following:

Theories of IPE
The international trade system
The international monetary system
Multi-national cooperation
Developmental strategies
New challenges

The above module content will be discussed at both the theoretical and empirical levels. Students are therefore expected to develop their theoretical understandings of IPE and apply these to selected case studies and related evidence.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

The teaching strategy follows a specifically developed model of engagement with students. This includes a discursive teaching style in which borders between lectures and seminars are fluid. The lectures/seminars will consciously not use any electronic support systems such Microsoft PowerPoint etc and instead focus on engaging students and on their active participation. Hence students will be expected to actively follow and also contribute to discussions during classes based on the reading material and their anticipated knowledge of current affairs. For post-class preparation brief lecture summaries are made available via the virtual learning environment. Students are constantly encouraged to formulate their own lines of enquiry, thus developing and testing their skills in respect of making appropriate critical judgments in respect of both theory and empirics. Following initial weeks of theoretical discussions in combined lecture/seminars key actors in IPE will be discussed in a lecture, which is followed by a group presentation by students on a specific aspect of the actors impact on a country case. The presentations are assessed and they are accompanied by a student-led discussion on the topic.

The learning and teaching methods include: lectures/seminars, presentations, student-led discussions, independent study, enquiry-based learning and prescribed reading. Classes are run in 2 hour sessions over an 11 week period.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Critical engagement with the relevant literature, e.g. to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of IPE
Demonstrate understanding and capacity to apply theoretical arguments to the analysis of a country case study in East Asia
Demonstrate the ability to group work and a critical analysis in an engaging presentation
Capacity to deliver a focused critical analysis of a problem related to the action of IPE actors and a country case study in East Asia in a short written essay (supporting documentation)
Capacity to provide critical analysis of a topic in IPE in an essay.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Supporting documentation of presentations
Group presentation
(All details above)

Assessment deadlines advised prior to the beginning of each semester.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive verbal feedback on their performance during lectures/seminars and in one to one meetings. Additionally, students will receive detailed written feedback on their group presentation and individual feedback on their supporting documentation and their essay by the module leader. They also receive written feedback on the presentations by peers. Furthermore summative work will include feedback summarised in a cover sheet. Feedback is module-specific but is also designed to be used for feedforward to other aspects of the degree programme as well.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.