Issues in Global Political Economy POLITIC5091

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore key issues in the study of Global Political Economy. It will introduce students to a variety of perspectives on what the global economy is and how it should be studied, in order to help students ask and answer key questions such as: Who are the winners and losers of economic globalisation? Is the global economy stable and why do economic crises happen? What are the main political challenges to the global economic order?


The timetable for this course will be made available to students at the beginning of the academic year. There is no guarantee that this course will run in any given year. For further information, please check the Politics and International Relations Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

The general requirements for entry to PGT level.

Note: no prior expertise or study of economics is necessary




Class participation (15%)

Case study blog, 1000 words (25%)

Written essay, 2500 words (60%)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to introduce students to the study of Global Political Economy (GPE), and to equip them with the analytical tools to understand and explain the highly interactive nature of international economic and political processes. It will focus on a series of key empirical events, policy debates and political controversies around key areas of GPE, such as global economic exchanges of money and trade, and global patterns of development and inequality.


Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Develop a holistic view of economic globalisations and its variegated impacts in the Global North and Global South and across multiple issue areas.

2. Explain the complex interactions between economic and political factors at a global level, using a variety of analytical frameworks.

3. Critically assess how international economic exchanges shape policy responses within and among states.

4. 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.