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POLS5651 Global Political Economy

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline timetabled
This unit explores the interconnected relationship between economics and politics. Examining processes of change in the global political economy, the unit aims to develop students' understanding of different approaches to conceptualising the relationship between societies, states and markets. Students explore the mechanisms and decisions through which trade, production and finance have been globalised, and the impacts of these processes. The unit encourages students to engage with both macro changes to the global political economy, as well as the lived experiences and expressions of issues and challenges.
Students are able to (1) understand the nature and complexity of different actors in the global political economy, by participating in the seminar program; (2) analyse and assess a range of sources about a specific question involving processes of change in the global political economy, through a research essay; and (3) apply skills of critical literacy, by undertaking an analytical exercise clarifying key concepts used in interpreting change in the global political economy.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) op-ed; and (3) reading responses. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Charan Bal
Unit rules
POLS8605 States and International Political Economy; POLS5652 International Political Economy: Dynamics of Crises
Contact hours
seminars: 20 hours
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