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PLM4065 - Advanced Seminar in International Political Economy

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Remy Davison


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit comprises an advanced seminar in international political economy (IPE), The unit explores the concept of a global political economy, and examines the key themes, theories and paradigms in IPE in the contemporary literature. The unit covers three main areas:

  1. theoretical approaches to the global political economy;
  2. major developments in 20th and 21st-century IPE; and
  3. case studies from North America, Europe and East Asia. Australia is included as a paradigmatic case of a 'middle power' that is both an influential actor in, as well as a state profoundly affected by, the global political economy


The main objectives of the unit are for students to develop: i) a critical understanding of the principal themes and theories in international political economy; ii) an awareness of the major developments in the international political economy since World War Two, with emphasis upon the impact of economic interdependence and globalisation; iii) insights into how a small country can influence international regulatory structures and institutions, in a world dominated by the economic powers like the United States, Japan and the European Union; and, iv) a critical appreciation of the costs and benefits of Australia's responses to global economic pressures, with emphasis upon developments within the past decade.


Essay (6,000 words) : 50%
Examination (3 hours) : 50%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2-seminar) per week


Admission to Politics 4th-Year Honours or admission to the MA in International Relations or admission to the Master of Counter-Terrorism Studies