Undergraduate Module

The Political Economy of Global Capitalism

The global economy impacts all of our lives. The purpose of this module is to explore the political dynamics that underpin the organisation of economic relations on a global scale. It focuses on many of the most important issues within the global economy, ranging from the contested rise of twentieth century globalisation to the recent Eurozone sovereign debt crisis. This module works with a distinction between International Political Economy (IPE) as an academic sub-discipline and body of scholarly knowledge, and the global economy as the sum total of all economic transactions and dynamics that are “out there”. We will use IPE in order to make sense of how the global economy hangs together and works, why it hangs together in particular ways, and whether another way is possible. As a result, you will come away with detailed knowledge of the global economy, the tools to critically analyse it, and the way in to a number of puzzles that lie at the heart of political economy.

Second Year Module
Semester 2
Module Code POL217


  • 12 one-hour lectures
  • 12 one-hour seminars


  • 2000 word essay
  • 2 hour exam

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