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International Political Economy (POL298)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit is an introduction to the subject of international political economy. It reviews key conceptual approaches to the politics of the world economy; examines key processes of economic globalisation (trade, finance, multinational corporations); and considers debates and controversies over development pathways, globalisation and the rise of new economic powers. Students will develop an understanding of the politics of the global economy, and gain the skills to engage with major contemporary international economic and policy challenges.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of and analyse the political dynamics of the world economy
2. Engage with key debates over how contemporary events and challenges are reforming the systems that govern the world economy
3. Demonstrate familiarity with the field of international political economy, and its relation to the fields of international relations and political science
4. Research, develop and deliver written and verbal analyses of contemporary international economic issues.
Timetabled Learning Activities South Street Murdoch: Lectures: 1.5 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit combines four learning activities: lectures, tutorials, readings, and on-line discussions. Lectures and readings serve to introduce students to key concepts, issues and debates in international political economy, and become familiar with key literatures in the field. Tutorials and on-line discussions present students an opportunity to consolidate, review and extend their knowledge of topics through interaction with peers and teaching staff. These will be supported by self-directed learning in the form of a research essay, in which students can develop their research, critical analysis and writing skills. Lectures, readings and online discussions are all available online through the LMS system, enabling flexible study patterns. Internal students will be required to participate in one-hour tutorial per week, while external students will participate in and contribute to online discussions.
Assessment The units consist of three assessment tasks: an in-class presentation (internal) or online discussion contribution (external) (20%), a research essay (50%), and an exam (30%). The presentation/online contribution and essay will allow students to critically engage with key debates over the governance of the world economy. The exam and tutorial participation will enable students to demonstrate familiarity and knowledge of the field of international political economy, and its relation to international relations and political science. The assessment tasks will also allow students to research, develop and deliver written (essay, exam) and verbal (presentation, participation) analyses of contemporary international economic issues.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have completed POL299 International Political Economy may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Geography and Economics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Global Business and Politics (BCom) [New in 2019]
Global Politics and Policy (BA) [New in 2019]
History (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
International Business (BBus) [New in 2014]
Politics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors Global Politics and Policy
Humanities and Social Sciences Minor Teaching Area
Appears in these Minors Global Politics
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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