SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Global Economic Policy

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 3
Taught in:
Full Year

Please note that this course is capped at a limit of 25 students

This course aims at providing students with a thorough understanding of core economic policy challenges in the contemporary global economy, and to equip them with the theoretical and applied skills necessary to evaluate and design policy solutions to such challenges. The course offers an overview over core economic policy issues in the global economy and ongoing theoretical as well as empirical debates about these. It places these debates into a wider historical context of the evolution of international economic policy regimes, and makes use of selected case studies to train students in the evaluation of economic policy design and implementation with specific emphasis on global economic governance.

The course is divided into two parts: Part I provides an overview over the history, theory and methods of economic policy and policy design, at national and international levels. Part II addresses core economic policy issues in the contemporary global economy, such as international monetary and financial integration, the changing organization of international production chains, growing income and social inequalities within and across economies, and environmental challenges. This part is divided into thematic modules, each of which provides students with a three-fold perspective on any particular policy area: an overview over relevant economic theory debates, a discussion of core policy issues currently arising in this area, and an in-depth analysis of selected applied policy problems.


(153400123) Macroeconomic Analysis


(153400130) Microeconomic Analysis

(Note: For BSc Economics and BSc Development Economics students both these courses are core courses in year 2 of their degrees, but BA two-subject degree students can only take EITHER of these two courses in their year 2)

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • understand and differentiate between competing theoretical approaches to economic policy-making
  • explain and problematize the evolution of the state-economy nexus in advanced and developing countries
  • analyse and critically discuss core economic policy issues in the contemporary global economy, their history and current challenges
  • understand core issues in the design, implementation and evaluation of economic policies, at national and international level
  • demonstrate and apply basic skills in designing solutions to economic policy problems in the global economy

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: Exam 80% / Coursework 20%. Resubmission of coursework regulations do not apply to this course.

Suggested reading

Introductory Readings:

  • Wolf, M. (2015). The shifts and the shocks: What we've learned -and have still to learn- from the financial crisis. Penguin, London
  • Blyth, M. (2013). Austerity: The history of a dangerous idea. Oxford University Press,New York
  • Cohn, T.H. (2016) Global Political Economy, theory and practice, 7th ed., Routledge, London and New York


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules