Global Political Economy: a Critical Introduction

Dr Michiel van Ingen

This course will examine the role of political and economic issues in international relations. Specifically, it will provide students with a critical introduction to the field of Global Political Economy (GPE) by examining the issues of: trade, production, governance, wealth/poverty/development, (in)security, and climate change. In doing so the course aims to balance an understanding of theoretical debates and global historical trajectories with discussions about various topical issues and case studies.

Intended Audience

This course is aimed at anyone wishing to develop a better understanding of contemporary global politics and economics; anyone wishing to develop a better understanding of the historical origins of the contemporary global political and economic order; anyone seeking to broaden and/or deepen their theoretical understanding of global politics and economics; anyone seeking to develop a more sophisticated understanding of global world politics and economics in order to support their degree or improve their career prospects.

Previous Knowledge

No prior knowledge of global politics/international relations or economics will be assumed or required.

Transferable Knowledge and Skills

This course will allow students to: develop their understanding of global politics and economics, develop their critical thinking skills, and develop their ability to demonstrate this understanding and critical thinking by means of both spoken and written means.