module specification

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 50%   Group presentation
Coursework 50%   Essay (2000 words)
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

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

This module is taught over 30 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

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

This takes two forms: A group presentation (50%); 2000 word essay relating. 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
Desai, V. & Potter, R.(eds) The Companion to Development Studies, 2014

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.
Greig, A., Hulme, D. & Turner, M.(2007) Challenging Global Inequality. Development Theory and Practice in    the 21st Century, Palgrave Macmillan
Willis, K. (2011) Theories and Practices of Development, Routledge
D. Balaam, Introduction to International Political Economy, 2011
Calvert, P. & Calvert S. (2011) Politics and Society in the Developing World, (3rd ed.)