Globalisation & International Political Economy

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Globalisation & International Political Economy

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Politics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended Prerequisite

    4 credits of Political Science Courses

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course examines the political aspects of economic globalization. It introduces students to a classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives on international political economy. The course treats globalizing tendencies as distinct phenomena in their own right and as an influence on domestic public policies in individual nations. Key issues include the conflict between forces seeking to facilitate globalization and those seeking to resist it. The course allows students to draw connections between the School's offerings in international relations and in political economy.
    Course Introduction
    This course examines the major issues of contemporary international political economy with a particular focus on the reasons for and the aftermath of the current global economic crisis. It aims to give students a well rounded understanding of how did we get here, what is going on and what is possible or desirable as a way forward.
    It introduces students to the foundational and key thinkers of political economy (Smith, Marx and Keynes), the rise and fall of the post-WWII global economic order, the nature and experiences of globalisation, the causes of the current global economic crisis and the debates and conflicts of our contemporary moment. Particular attention will be given to the differences and continuities between the experiences of different nations and areas of the globe and questions of democracy, class and gender. Attention will be given to both how the developments examined here unfolded on a macro level but also the molar level of lived daily experiences.
    Critical examination of this conjecture is useful to students to understand the global influence and interrealtionship of what we call 'economics' and 'politics' on any level. It will challenge them to be truly intra-disciplinary and combine an understanding of theory, culture. history, policy and social movements. Students will be asked to think through various contradictions and conflicts that have emerged around the questions of economic growth and political democracy.
    POLS2402 allows students to draw connections between the School?s offerings in international studies and in political economy. It is hoped that students in both areas will find the course useful. It should also provide a useful adjunct to POLS2404 and a useful follow-up course to POLS2401.
    The course will deal with the some of the key elements of globalization and international political economy including:
    ? The nature and development of global institutions
    ? The changing global division of labour
    ? Financialisation and international flows of capital
    ? Debates around economic policy in a global context
    ? The political and theoretical conflicts that have shaped and are shaped by these processes
    ? The daily lived experiences, subjectivities and expressions of these issues and challenges
    Each of these has implications for our understanding of some of the major issues and conflicts of the present and what is and desirable for contemporary society.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Understand the major economic and political forces shaping the world economy and debates and conflicts over its nature and future
    • Critically evaluate competing perspectives on ?globalisation?.
    • Understand the history and nature of the current global economic crisis and evaluate the different political responses and possibilities
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
    Assessment Summary
    Tutorial Participation: 10%
    Presentation: 20%
    Essay: 15%
    Essay: 25%
    Final Exam: 30%

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