module specification

GI4006A - Global Politics, Economy and Society (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Global Politics, Economy and Society
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
110 hours Guided independent study
40 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 70%   Group presentation
Coursework 30%   Essay (800 words)
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester 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 enhance the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
• To develop competence in discussion and group presentation.


- International Political Economy: Concepts and Perspectives LO1
- Liberalism and neoliberalism LO2
- Keynesianism LO2
- Marxism LO2
- Environmentalism and the green economy LO2

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

This module is taught over 15 weeks, made up of a two-hour lecture + workshop and an hour of seminar work. Students will be 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). As students acquire knowledge of issues, theories and themes under discussion, seminar work enhances communication and problem-solving skills and ‘real world’ group-work (oral group presentation and written summary); An introduction to comparative study 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

Assessment strategy

This takes two forms: A group presentation (80%); A short essay of 800 words relating to Learning Outcome 2. Formative assessment encompasses a short, reflective essay in week 4 (in accordance with university requirements).



J. Ravenhill, Global Political Economy 2016
D. Balaam, Introduction to International Political Economy, 2011

H. J. Chang,  23 things they don’t tell you about capitalism, 2011
R. C. Miller, International Political Economy: Competing World Views, 2008
J.Fulcher, Capitalism: A very short introduction, 2015
Burnell, P., Randall, V. & Rakner, L. (2008) Politics in the Developing World, OUP. 3rd ed.