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Archived Version 2017 - 2018

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

International political economy (IPE) is a subject that bridges the disciplines of economics and political science. It focuses on how and why countries integrate themselves into the global economy, and how openness and participation in the global economy affects individuals, countries, and national policies. This course introduces students to the substantive issues that IPE examines, including the politics of trade, finance, exchange, and economic development.

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 trade and international capital flows in the Atlantic economy 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
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study228No Description
Total Workload: 250

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

Intro to IPE

The International Trade System

US and EU Trade Policy

The International Monetary System

Financial Crises in Developing Countries

The Global Financial Crisis

Multinational Companies and Foreign Direct Investment



International Organizations

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Balaam and Veseth: 2008, Introduction to International Political Economy, Pearson, New York,
  • Thomas Oatley: 2009, International Political Economy: Interests and Institutions in the Global Economy, Pearson, New York,
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