• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Chungshik Moon
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This subject deals with fundamental ideas about how world capitalism emerged and operates. It investigates the global system of trade, investment and finance, including the workings of the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO.

It deals with Keynesianism and its neo-liberal critics. Controversies over globalisation and its effects on living standards, and democracy will be followed. Of particular importance will be the investigation of the effects of modern globalised capitalism on underdeveloped countries. Finally, the subject examines the political economy of the movement of people across national borders – migrants and refugees and the political arguments it has generated 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to analyse and evaluate the various theoretical approaches to International Political Economy. They will also have a basic understanding of how the international economic system operates. This will be augmented by the strengths of the College in International Relations, Development Studies, the Politics of Development and the Sociology of Development.

Indicative Assessment

2,500 word essay (50%) and final examination (50%).

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Expected - attendance and participation in a two hour lecture followed by a one-hour forum each week

Voluntary - attendance and participation each in a three hour session which may include one of the following -

(i) a background lecture and discussion on matters related to but not essential to the course; (ii) a film relevant to the course followed by discussion; (iii) consultations to discuss essay topics.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed12 units of 1000 level POLS courses; or permission of the convenor

Prescribed Texts

A reading brick will be made available to students.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2585 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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