• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Economic History More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr John Minns
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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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.

Indicative Assessment

Finding and summarising a reading for one of the last 8 weeks of the semester; this reading has to be selected with its suitability as a reading for use by all students in POLS2094 as a criterion; the summary need only be a maximum of about 200-300 words. (10%). Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Tutorial participation. (10%). Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 4.
The remaining 80% of assessment to consist of:
• a research essay of about 4,000 words (80%) of the total assessment for the course. Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 4;
• a first essay of about 2,000 words (40%) and a second essay of about 2,000 words (40%). Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 4;
• a video presentation or a podcast of about 7-8 minutes (40%) and a 2,000 word essay (40%). Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 4;
• a first essay of about 2,000 words (40%) and a take-home exam (40%). Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 4;
• a video presentation or a podcast of about 7-8 minutes (40%) and a take-home exam (40%). Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 4. 

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level Political Science (POLS) courses, or with permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

A reading brick will be made available to students.

Areas of Interest

  • Development Studies
  • International Relations
  • Policy Studies
  • Political Sciences
  • Economic History
  • Political Economy
  • Politics




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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2019 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
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
7994 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person View

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