International Political Economy

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Term 2
Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of Politics and International Studies

Module overview

This module will examine the international political economy through a framework that goes beyond traditions of state-centrism and disciplinary boundaries between politics and economics. The course will study theoretical approaches to and contemporary issues within IPE. Students will explore the theories of leading analysts in the historical development of IPE, such as liberalism, marxism, feminism and postcolonialism. Contemporary themes and issues are addressed, including economic crises, global trade, production, financialisation and development. Students will be encouraged to think criticially about these issues through the study of power relationships, hierarchies, violence and exploitation.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • Develop an understanding of IPE as subfield and research programme of International Politics
  • Critically analyse theoretical approaches to IPE
  • Understand and analyse contemporary issues in IPE
  • Read and understand key texts, authors and traditions in IPE


  • 2 hour seminar per week 

Method of assessment

  • Assignment 1: 30%
  • Assignment 2: 70%

Suggested reading

  • Bhattacharyya, G. (2018). Rethinking racial capitalism: Questions of reproduction and survival. Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • Coulthard, G. S. (2014). Red skin, white masks: Rejecting the colonial politics of recognition. Minneapolis: Minnesota.
  • Cowen, D. (2014). The deadly life of logistics: Mapping violence in global trade. U of Minnesota Press.
  • Gilpin, R., Global Political Economy: Understanding the International Economic Order (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001).
  • Harvey, D. (2007). A brief history of neoliberalism. Oxford University Press, USA.


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