POL8005 : Theories and Theorists of International Political Economy
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Matt Davies
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
1. To provide students with an advanced understanding of the origins, development, and problematics of the contemporary field of international political economy.
2. To provide learning and teaching environments that enable students to reflect upon their individual study and discuss their ideas and questions in a group context.
3. To introduce the field of IPE, its key theories and theorists.
4. To assess critically the contributions made by a range of theorists to the development of IPE.
5. To explore and discuss the key debates that have characterised contemporary IPE.
This is a compulsory course for students in the MA in International Political Economy course and an optional model for other MA students in Politics. It provides a broad overview of some of the crucial debates in the field of International Political Economy through readings of the work of some of the most prominent leading figures in the field and of some of the most important social, political, and political economic thinkers who have inspired these debates.
Outline Of Syllabus
Topics covered are likely to vary from year to year, depending on events. The following outline should indicate a framework for these topics.
1. Introduction to political economy.
2. The neo-neo debates: power and hegemony in the work of Keohane and Gilpin.
3. Institutionalism and constructivism in IPE.
4. Dependency and world-systems theory.
5. Susan Strange and structural power.
6. Neoliberalism and new constitutionalism: Hayek, Buchanan and their critics.
7. Karl Polanyi and the critique of market societies.
8. Antonio Gramsci and 'neogramscian' IPE.
9. Historical materialism: contemporary Marxist critique.
10. Gender and feminist critique.
11. New directions in IPE: poststructuralism and beyond.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||11||2:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||178:00||178:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Rationale and relationship to learning outcomes: The 2-hour weekly seminar will involve a combination of a presentation by the module leader and discussion based around presentations by students. The themes of the seminars will relate to the theoretical, methodological and substantive issues outlined in the module aims. The seminar-based teaching and learning methods will enable students to develop employment-related skills such as interpersonal communication, oral presentation, teamwork, planning and organising, information literacy and problem solving.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Research paper||1||M||100||4,000 word research paper|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
In writing their research paper, students will be expected to show an ability to collate and evaluate theoretical and empirical material. A chronological or descriptive narrative will not be deemed sufficient to pass this module.