International Relations: Wealth and World Affairs

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Relations: Wealth and World Affairs

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    International Politics, International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 100-level INTP or POLS pts

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course looks at the global, international and domestic politics of the world economy. It looks at the ways in which economic processes shape politics and the ways in which political processes shape economics. We look at international trade, finance and production (multi-national corporations) and at the regional and international institutions that regulate the global economy. We also look at some of the interactions between international and domestic politics and explore the ways in which the world economy shapes peoples' everyday lives. No technical knowledge of economics is required for this course and the course involves no equations, graphs or large numbers. This course may also be able to be taken towards a major in POLS. See major requirements for details.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate a good understanding of the economics and politics that shape the world economy
    2. understand the main theoretical perspectives through which academics seek to understand
    international political economy and relate these to theoretical perspectives on international relations more generally
    3. understand contemporary debates on international economic policy in the areas of trade, international production and international finance
    4. write a structured and theoretically-informed essay about debates in international political economy

    Essay one, 1800-2200 words- 30%
    class test one- 20%
    essay two, 1800-220 words- 30%
    class test two- 20%

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