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IR3004   International Political Economy

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 11.00 am Fri

This module explores the politics of international economic relationships, looking at production, trade and finance activity in both developed and developing economies. The standard theoretical approaches of mercantilism, liberalism and Marxism are introduced, along with several alternative perspectives used to study the international economy from the perspective of international politics. A single module to cover all aspects of a subject as wide-ranging as international political economy would be difficult, therefore the module will focus its coverage on specific aspects of production, trade and finance. All of these topics are subject to various forms of national and international regulation which leads to a consistent theme throughout the module concerning global governance.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr W B Vlcek
Module teaching staff: Dr W Vlcek
Module coordinator email