International Political Economy POLITIC4160

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore core questions which lie at the heart of International Political Economy (IPE), the discipline that studies the interactions between states and international markets and the governance of the global economic system. These include, among others: how do politics shape international economic relations and vice versa; who are the winners and losers of economic globalisation? Is the global economy stable and why do economic crises happen; why is regional integration so widespread today?


This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the Politics and IR Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry requirements to Honours Politics or International Relations.

Excluded Courses





Essay, 2500 words (50%)

Quizzes (50%)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses


Course Aims

The course aims at introducing students to the discipline of IPE and equipping them with its main analytical tools in order to understand and explain the highly interactive nature of international economic and political processes. It is meant as an advanced-level introduction that will cover the theoretical and empirical terrain of the discipline, focussing on both classical works and cutting edge research conducted by key IPE scholars. The course will not only survey these scholarly debates but also relate them to the empirical events and policy discussions shaping the political landscape of our interdependent world.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Describe how the field of IPE fits within the broader discipline of IR and point at its linkages to the other fields, such as Economics, Public Choice, and Formal Theory

■ Apply a number of analytical frameworks to study the complex interactions between economic and political factors at a global and regional level

■ Assess how international economic exchanges shape policy responses within and among states

■ Assemble a holistic view of economic globalisation and its variegated impacts across developed and developing countries and across certain issue areas, such as labour rights and the environment

■ Formulate and compose reasoned and factually supported arguments

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.