POLS2220 Foundations of Global Political Economy

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Political Science and International Relations major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Political and economic power have always been interconnected, but with globalisation this relationship has become more consequential and contentious. This unit explores the evolution of the global political economy, and considers how it has been shaped by powerful states such as the US, and influential institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The unit enables students to understand the uneven nature of economic development, the persistence of poverty and inequality, as well as disputes over trade and the management of international financial crises. The unit enables students to (1) understand the contemporary dynamics and historical evolution of the global political economy; and (2) evaluate competing explanations of its operation.
Students are able to (1) critically appraise key debates over contemporary global political economy issues, developing and delivering written and verbal analyses; (2) describe the evolution and operation of the major institutions and processes of the global political economy; (3) critically analyse influential ideas in global political economy and demonstrate an understanding of their significance in global politics; and (4) evaluate the differing theoretical approaches in global political economy and demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of global political economy to the fields of international relations and political science.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial preparation and participation; (2) test; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr. Charan Bal
Unit rules
any Level 1 POLS unit
POLS3320 International Political Economy
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week
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