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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title International Political Economy
Module Code LG589A
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Michael Breen
Semester 2: Michael Breen
Autumn: Michael Breen
Module TeachersKenneth McDonagh
Michael Breen
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

An advanced and theory-driven introduction to International Political Economy and its impact on public policy decision-making at the national and supranational level.

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse the interaction of politics and macroeconomics in the international arena.
2. Compare, contrast and evaluate contending theoretical approaches in the field of International Political Economy
3. Appraise the history of international trade and capital flows from the late-19th century to present
4. Describe and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of contending theoretical approaches to the study of international institutions such as the World Bank and IMF
5. Evaluate the interactive relationship between domestic politics and the international economic system.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

IPE Theory

The International Trade System

Explaining Trade Policy

The International Monetary System

Monetary and Exchange Rate Policies

Capital Flows and Financial Crises

Multinational Companies and Foreign Direct Investment

International Institutions

Spaces of Capitalism and Everyday IPE

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Extended Essay / Dissertationn/a100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Thomas Oatley: 2009, International Political Economy: Interests and Institutions in the Global Economy, 4th, Pearson, New York,
  • Jeffry A. Frieden: 2006, Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century, W.W. Norton & Company, New York,
Other Resources

64054, Additional reading:, 0, Students are encouraged to begin their independent literature search in the following scholarly journals: International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, World Politics, the Review of International Political Economy, the American Political Sc,
Programme or List of Programmes
MIRMA in International Relations
Date of Last Revision02-OCT-09

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