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GI4006 - Global Politics, Economy and Society (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23, but may be subject to modification
Module title Global Politics, Economy and Society
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
219 hours Guided independent study
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Two Components Text Commentary 40+ Three questions on the commentary 1,000
Coursework 10%   Class participation
Coursework 40%   Continuous evaluation. Classwork involving different individual or group activities to be assessed. Minimum of 3 sample
Coursework 10%   Class Participation
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year (Spring and Summer) North Thursday Afternoon
Year North Monday Morning

Module summary

• To introduce the main concepts and debates in international political economy
• To provide the skills necessary for comparative analysis;
• To introduce and examine the principle institutions of global economic governance
• To explore the impact of these institutions on the process of development.
• to provide the skills necessary for comparative analysis;
• To enhance the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
• To develop competence in discussion


- International Political Economy: Concepts and Perspectives LO1
- Liberalism and neoliberalism LO2
- Keynesianism LO2
- Marxism LO2
- Environmentalism and the green economy LO2
- Power and Inequality in the Global Economic Order: the development challenge LO3
- Trade and Finance in a Global Order LO4
- Aid and Development LO4

- Gender and Global Politics
- Migration and Global Politics
- Climate Change and Global Politics

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

This module is taught over 30 weeks. Sessions are made up of one hour lecture, one hour class activity and a seminar and workshops on specific topics. Students are expected to engage in the class discussion and carry out the class activities when asked to do so. Students are expected to engage with the Virtual Learning Environment; be able to retrieve ‘posts’ from the lectures and supplementary teaching materials, and handle information from Internet sources, journals and books (enhancing academic literacy).  Students acquire knowledge of issues, theories and themes under discussion. Classwork is a guided activity that enhances a broad understanding of key concepts by reflecting on specific aspects or developments related to the theme under discussion. Classwork contributes to group-work and the acquisition of communication skills in a context of higher education. Seminar discussions around a main question enhance communication and problem-solving skills and ‘real world’ group-work. Reading and the use of other media-related formats as a common exercise for reflection in the classroom develops critical and conceptual skills, as well as numeracy and analysis. Written and formative feedback aims to empower students, develop their written expression and study skills, and gain through self-reflection.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the main concepts and approaches to international political economy;

2. Understand key debates about the relationship between politics and economic institutions in capitalism including:

• neo-liberal
• Keynesian
• Marxist
• and Green perspectives

3. Understand key debates about power and inequality in the Global Economic Order

4. Understand key debates about the challenges of development and the role of the international trade and financial order in facilitating/inhibiting this process

Assessment strategy

The summative assessment takes two main forms: a text documentary and three questions on the commentary (40%), and the opportunity to choose between the coursework carried out in the classroom and a final essay based on two questions (40%). Class participation as a meaningful student engagement with the activities proposed in class will count as a form of assessment (10% in each semester)


Amin, S. (2014), Capitalism in the Age of Globalisation (2nd ed.). London: Zed Books.
Atapattu S. A., G. Gonzalez, C. and Sara L. Seck. 2021. The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Clapp, J. & Dauvergne P.  (2005). Paths to a Green World: the political economy of the global environment (2nd ed.). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
Dauvergne. P. ed. (2005).  Handbook of global environmental politics. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: E. Elgar.

Decker, C. and Elisabeth MacMahon (2020). The idea of Development in Africa: A History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Desai, V. & Potter, R.(ed) (2014). The Companion to Development Studies  (3rd ed.). London: Routledge.
Dicken, P. (2011). Global Shift: mapping the changing contours of the world economy (6th ed). New York: Guilford Press.
Dunn, B. (2009). Global Political Economy: a Marxist critique. London: Pluto Press.
Elias, J. and Lena Rethel ed. (2016). The everyday political economy of Southeast Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Enloe, C. (2013) Seriously! Investigating crashes and crises as if women mattered. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Gilpin, R. (2001). Understanding the International Economic Order. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
Greig, A., Hulme, D. & Turner, M. (2007). Challenging Global Inequality. Development Theory and Practice in the 21st Century. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Griffin, P. (2009). Gendering the World Bank: neoliberalism and the gendered foundations of global governance. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Haslam, P.A., Schafer, J. and Beaudet, P. (eds.) (2012) Introduction to International Development: Approaches, Actors and Issues. Oxford University Press.
Inglis C., Wei Li and Bino Khadria ed. (2020).The SAGE Handbook of International Migration. London, UK; Ten Thousand Oaks, CA, US: SAGE
Mitra Channa, S. (2013). Gender in South Asia: Social Imagination and Constructed Realities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Narlikar, A. (2020). Poverty Narratives and Power Paradoxes in International Trade Negotiations and Beyond. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press.
O’Brien, R. & Williams M. (2016). Global Political Economy: evolution and dynamics (5th ed.). London: Palgrave.
Paul, R. 2012. The Political Economy of Border Drawing: Arranging Legality in European Labor Migration Policies. Oxford; New York: Berghahn.

Rai, Shirin M. (2008).The Gender Politics of Development: essays in hope and despair. London: Zed Books.
Ravenhill, J. (2016). Global Political Economy (5th ed). Oxford: OUP.
Saad-Filho, A. & Johnston D. (ed.) (2005). Neoliberalism: a critical reader. London: Pluto Press.
Sen, A. (1999). Development as Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Shepherd, L. ed. (2014). Gender Matters in Global Politics: A feminist introduction to international Relations. London: Routledge.
Todaro, M. and Stephen Smith (2020). Economic Development. Pearson: New York.
Willis, K. (2011). Theories and Practices of Development (2nd ed.). Abingdon: Routledge.