POLIS 5017 - Global Political Economy

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

Since the 2008 global financial crisis, the study of international political economy has rarely been so relevant to the shaping of global affairs. The aim of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of theoretical and empirical aspects of Global Political Economy. The objectives of the course include: i) providing students with knowledge of a range of theoretical approaches to the study of global and international political economy; ii) presenting the major political themes in the historical development of the international economy; iii) providing students with an understanding of debates about the emergence and political consequences of a globalised economy, with its patterns of inequality; iv) exploring the prospects and politics of managing the global economy; and v) reviewing recent research which emphasises the importance of the politics of human and environmental security in studies of political economy.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code POLIS 5017
    Course Global Political Economy
    Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact 20 hours per week
    Incompatible POLI 5017
    Course Description Since the 2008 global financial crisis, the study of international political economy has rarely been so relevant to the shaping of global affairs. The aim of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of theoretical and empirical aspects of Global Political Economy. The objectives of the course include: i) providing students with knowledge of a range of theoretical approaches to the study of global and international political economy; ii) presenting the major political themes in the historical development of the international economy; iii) providing students with an understanding of debates about the emergence and political consequences of a globalised economy, with its patterns of inequality; iv) exploring the prospects and politics of managing the global economy; and v) reviewing recent research which emphasises the importance of the politics of human and environmental security in studies of political economy.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Timothy Doyle

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Define and explain a range of theoretical approaches to Global Political Economy
    2 Identify and compare the main political themes in the development of the international economy
    3 Apply a conceptual framework
    4 Conduct independent research
    5 Analyse, interpret and critically evaluate the secondary and a small number of primary source materials regarding global political economy
    6 Effectively communicate complex ideas through an oral presentation
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2-5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3-6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1, 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-6
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Seminars followed up by student presentations of their research projects.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 2-hour seminars per week 24 hours per semester
    9 hours reading per week 108 hours per semester
    6 hours class preparation per week 72 hours per semester
    9 hours assignment preparation per week 108 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction to course and logistics of course
    Week 2 Theoretical introduction
    Week 3 Media analysis
    Week 4 Research project: initial informal presentations
    Week 5 Transnational production: globalising products and labour
    Week 6 Green political economy
    Week 7 Student presentations and project feedback
    Week 8 Student presentations and project feedback
    Week 9 Student presentations and project feedback
    Week 10 Final major essay preparation and revision
    Week 11 Final major essay preparation and revision
    Week 12 Final major essay preparation and revision
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Oral presentations on research project Formative N/A 1-6
    6000 word essay Summative 100% 1-6
    Assessment Detail
    Oral presentation - no weighting
    The substance of the essay will be presented in oral form to the class

    Major essay - 100% weighting
    Students will submit a 6000 word major essay
    Submission
    Assignments are to be submitted electronically via MyUni
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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