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International Political Economy


Admission requirements

MSc International Relations and Diplomacy students


This is an advanced Master’s level course on International Political Economy (IPE). IPE is the study of the changing relationships between states, markets, and societies around the globe. It also represents a confluence of approaches: namely, political science, sociology, and economics. In this course, students will deepen their understanding of key IPE theories, approaches, issues, and debates. We begin by examining IPE’s main theoretical toolkit and the debates that have structured theoretical innovation in the field. With these approaches in mind, students will examine central IPE issues like the current economic crisis, global governance and transnational financial regulation, the diffusion of state authority and the rise of private authority at the international level.

Course objectives

  • Students will deepen their understanding of the main theories and themes that structure the study of International Political Economy. They will acquire knowledge of both perennial IPE debates as well as contemporary issues.

  • Students can expect to hone their critical reading, writing, argumentation, and presentation skills.


On the right-hand side of the programme front page of the E-Prospectus you will find a link to the online timetables.

Mode of instruction

Seminar instruction

Course Load

10 EC

Assessment method

2 Essays – 35% each
1 Class Presentation – 30%
Class participation – Pass/Fail

Compensation between assessment components is possible. The compensation is possible if the overall course grade is above 5,5. It is not possible to re-sit a component if you pass the course.
Students may only re-sit the failed written assignments (grades lower than 5.5). Assignment requirements will remain the same. The failed assignment must be on a new topic. Due to their nature, presentations are not eligible for a resit. The re-sits are scheduled in the first week of June 2020.


To be announced.

Reading list

This will be available on blackboard 2-3 weeks before the start of the course


Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course.


Dr. Michael Sampson