• Class Number 7994
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr John Minns
    • Dr John Minns
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course 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. The first four weeks of the course provide a foundation for the study of International Political Economy (IPE); the remaining eight weeks will consist of contemporary international questions of interest viewed through an IPE lens. These eight topics will be chosen by the students themselves through a vote.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students with have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of how the international economic system operates;
  2. analyse and evaluate the various theoretical approached to International Political Economy;
  3. apply these theories to the international political system; and
  4. communicate their analyses in writing.

Required Resources

Readings for each week will be provided for the course, available through the WATTLE website. This will provide you with a start in reading before each lecture. You should also read more widely, using the reading list for each week as a start.

Oatley, Thomas (2012) International Political Economy (Fifth Edition), Sydney: Longman.

Frieden, Jeffrey A., Lake, David A. and Broz, J. Lawrence (2010) International Political Economy: Perspectives on Global Power and Wealth (Fifth Edition), New York: W.W. Norton and Company.

Ravenhill, John (2011) Global Political Economy (Third Edition), Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

IPE Journals

International Organisation

International Studies Quarterly

Review of International Political Economy

Review of International Organization

World Politics

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course introduction / Discussion of topics of Weeks 8 – 12 / Discussion of Assessment / Intro to IPE / Different Approaches to IPE.
2 Trade, Markets and the State, Trade Treaties and Trade Wars
3 International Investment, Globalisation and the State
4 Money and Finance
5 Topics will be decided by the end of Week 1.
6 Topics will be decided by the end of Week 1.
7 Topics will be decided by the end of Week 1.
8 Topics will be decided by the end of Week 1.
9 Topics will be decided by the end of Week 1.
10 Topics will be decided by the end of Week 1.
11 Topics will be decided by the end of Week 1.
12 Topics will be decided by the end of Week 1.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Selection and justification of course readings - worth 10% 10 % 12/08/2019 12/08/2019 1,2,3,4,5
The combinations which you can choose are the following: 80 % 01/01/9999 01/01/9999 1,2,3,4,5
Tutorial participation – worth 10%. 10 % 25/10/2019 18/11/2019 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 12/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 12/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Selection and justification of course readings - worth 10%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 80 %
Due Date: 01/01/9999
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

The combinations which you can choose are the following:

Research essay (4,000 words) – 80%

2X essays (2,000 words each) – 40% each

Essay (2,000 words) – 40% +Video presentation – 40%

Essay (2,000 words) – 40% + Podcast – 40%

Essay (2,000 words) – 40% + Take-home exam – 40%

Take-home exam – 40% + Video presentation – 40%

Take-home exam – 40% + Podcast – 40% 

Deadline for first 2,000 word essay or podcast or video –Monday of Week 7 (16 Sept) at 11.59pm

Deadline for second 2,000 word essay or podcast or video and for 4,000 word essay –Thursday of Week 12 (24 October)

Take-home exam released Monday of Week 12 (21 October) at 12 noon, due back Thursday of Week 12 (24 October) at 11.59pm 

There will be a special session during the semester specially aimed at students doing the longer research essay but which will be, of course, open to all.

Two elements of assessment will be common for all students.

The first is the requirement to find and summarise a reading for one of the last 8 weeks of the semester. The summary need only be a maximum of about 200-300 words. Bear in mind that this reading has to be selected with its suitability as a reading for use by all students in POLS2094 as a criterion and you must be able to provide the reading in electronic form. This must be submitted by the Monday of Week 4 – i.e. Monday 16 August via Wattle. Two of the readings for each week will be selected from all of those suggested by POLS2094 students and will then be put on Wattle as tutorial readings for the entire class. Again, I want students to help shape the course in this way as with the selection of lecture topics. This will be worth 10% of the total assessment and will be due on Monday 16 August via Wattle.

The second is tutorial participation – which will also be worth 10%.

Essay, Video and Podcast topics will be made available in Week 4. Your essay should be written on one of the topics listed then. You may also seek permission from your tutor to write on another topic of relevance to this subject. Bear in mind that your essay must not be a version of written work which you have completed in other subjects. Essays must be referenced in a consistent and recognised fashion and be accompanied by a full bibliography of works consulted. Essays need to be referenced and include a bibliography. Videos and Podcasts should be accompanied by a bibliography. There is a guide to Eassy Writing included on the Wattle site.

All essays should be submitted electronically via Turnitin. Videos and Podcasts can be submitted via the Wattle site or as a link via the Wattle site to YouTube. Bibliographies for these should also be submitted via the Wattle site.

Once assessment on a particular topic has been returned to students, no further assessment on that topic will be accepted.


Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 25/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 18/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Tutorial participation – worth 10%.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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