Module code: POLM019

Module provider


Module Leader

KAEDING M Dr (Politics)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION 20
Coursework CRITICAL ESSAY (2500 WORDS) 60

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

  Qualifying Condition(s) A weighted aggregated mark of 50% is required to pass the module. Where students fail to gain this then they may retake those pieces of assessment which they have failed with the mark capped at 50%.

Module overview

The module provides an opportunity for students to apply their understanding of key theories and debates in International Political Economy (IPE) to current developments and case studies. Students will be able to discuss and debate the role of the main IPE institutions. Current and future challenges to the status quo of IPE are discussed as well.

Module aims

To provide students with an advanced background in the competing international and comparative political economy approaches to the subject

To deepen understanding of political economy issues and debates surrounding the contemporary world economy, with particular emphasis on the causes and implications of globalization

To develop a critical perspective towards the role of the main IPE institutions

To develop critical debating and argumentation skills

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Understand and critically analyse complex issues in contemporary politics and political economy with reference to historical and theoretical backgrounds
Gain in-depth knowledge of a specific topic and current debates in Political Economy
Communicate and present ideas effectively, orally and in written format
Relate to different viewpoints on complex and contentious issues and form effective alliances and compromises

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The first part of the course introduces students to the main perspectives, theoretical approaches, and methodological issues in IPE. The second part focuses on the historical development of the international political economy since the Industrial Revolution. The third part focuses upon contemporary issues and debates in the subject, grouped around the organizing theme of development and 'globalisation' with possible focus on the Asia-Pacific region. The emphasis of the course is not upon the technical aspects of international economics or economic theory, but rather upon the political and institutional context in which they operate. Therefore an economics background is not required for this course.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop students’ capacities as independent learners, to deepen their knowledge and understanding of theoretical and empirical issues in IPE. It requires students to develop their research and critical thinking skills and to manage large sets of data appropriately. In addition, individual presentations will allow students to develop transferable skills. Students are given the opportunity 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.

The learning and teaching methods include lectures, seminars, independent study, presentations, prescribed reading, group discussions and a simulation exercise. Classes are run in 2 hour sessions at different times in the semester over an 11 week period. After the first weeks, one hour lectures will introduce students to the subject matter, which will subsequently be discussed in weekly hour-long seminars. Borders between lectures and seminars are fluid and lectures are held in a discursive style. Students will be expected to contribute actively during seminars, having prepared to contribute to discussions based on the reading material. They will engage in assessed presentations and be prepared to debate issues in a well-informed fashion.

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 key debates in IPE
Demonstrate understanding of the need to apply theoretical arguments to the analysis of actual events and actions
Demonstrate capacity to apply theoretical arguments to the analysis of contemporary developments in IPE.
Identify appropriate and feasible area for analysis
Identify and apply appropriate methodological approach
Demonstration of excellent study, research and team-working skills

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Individual Presentation
Supporting documentation for presentation
Critical Essay

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 during office hours. Additionally, students will receive detailed written feedback on their presentation and individual feedback on their supporting documentation by the module leader. They also receive written feedback on the presentations by peers. Furthermore summative coursework will be receiving 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


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Corporate Finance MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
International Financial Management MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
International Relations MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

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.