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International Political Economy - single module

Level 7 (30 credits)

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - Politics and History

Start Dates(s): September

Duration:

One semester (12 weeks) 
Autumn

In Brief:

  • Find out how our world works by looking at international organisations
  • Discover why poverty, dependence, and development haven’t become ‘history’
  • Understand how global actors contribute to the decision-making that affects the everyday lives of citizens
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

International Political Economy is not an 'economics' module, this module covers a wide range of subjects including the role of international organisations, as well as states, in global governance; poverty, dependence, and development; productive and reproductive labour; labour markets and globalisation and rising inequality in the 'developed' world. You will analyse specific case studies to look at how people are affected by the global power dynamics in the current global political economy, and make links with the study of transnational relationships across various actors.

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in social sciences, business, or humanities is expected, particularly in International Relations, Politics, or History. Students are expected to have a 2:1 classification, however, the 2:2 classification is considered for entry at PGDip level, to be advanced to MA level after the first term if all modules are passed at a 2:1 level.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English through IELTS with an overall band score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 5.5) are proof of this.

Suitable For

The interest in international relations can come from a variety of life experiences, whether it is studying social sciences, humanities or business studies at the undergraduate level; working overseas in other cultural environments; or just wanting to understand more about the power relations at the level of national and international decision-makers.

Teaching

Every week there will be a combined lecture and student led seminar which is the genuine style expected from a postgraduate workshop, so be ready to read, and to think.  

The workshops will closely follow the arguments from the assigned readings and will introduce and examine the key questions and concepts from the readings.  It is highly suggested that students bring the text(s) being discussed to the lecture since we will often do close readings of important passages. Each week, one or two students will be responsible for leading a short seminar which is called the Student Seminar Leadership (SSL) session, and everyone is expected to contribute interesting questions and comments. These activities provide the learning outcomes of reflection and critical thinking, and the transferable skills include these, and public speaking and presentation skills.

Assessment

Research paper 1: 40%

Research paper 2: 60%

Employability

Graduates can go on to work in the Foreign Office, the British Council, in policy research think tanks, as well as in education, training, and consultancy. Individuals can work for a non-governmental organisation such as Amnesty International, or an inter-governmental organisation such as the United Nations.

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