The Politics of the Global Economy: Beyond North and South - POLI6003

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Frank Grundig checkmark-circle


This module explores change and continuity in the world economy. Through the lens of political economy, which pertains to the complex relationships between society, the state, and the market, students debate and analyse the economic dimensions of contemporary international relations. Major themes of the module include: governance; globalisation; institutions; interdependence; power; conflict; cooperation; hegemony; and crisis. Although specific content may shift year-to-year depending on current events, a list of indicative issues includes: trade; development; poverty; global health; the financial sector; foreign investment; hunger; the energy sector; climate change; and the relationship between political economy and conflict. While the module emphasises relations between the global North and global South, it aims to push 'beyond' these categories from critical perspectives. The module reflects on the significance of historical colonial relations for the establishment and reproduction of the current global political economy. Students will critically examine the interests, relationships, and conflicts of individual actors in the global political economy.


Contact hours

Private Study: 128
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 150


Core to:
• BA in Environment and Sustainability

Optional to the following courses:
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations (Bidiplôme)
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Placement Year
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Foundation Year
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Year in Continental Europe or North America
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Language
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Year in Asia-Pacific
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with Quantitative Research
• BA (Hons) Economics and Politics
• BA (Hons) History and Politics
• BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics
• BA (Hons) Sociology and Politics
• LLB (Hons) Law and Politics

Also available as an elective module and to short term credit students

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Essay 3000 words (50%)
Exam (50%)

Reassessment methods
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*Exam will be online*

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Critically evaluate competing perspectives in International Political Economy
2 Identify the main intellectual traditions in the discipline and how they have shaped key historical events of the 20th century
3 Engage with contemporary debates on key issues in contemporary economic governance.
4 Analyse the key structures and processes of the global economy
5 Understand the main concepts and categories that inform the study of International Political Economy.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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