• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Political Economy, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Quynh Nguyen
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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The study of International Political Economy (IPE) examines the interactions between markets and politics. Is globalisation responsible for the rise of populism in the West? How will the power struggle between China and the United States shape global business? This course introduces students to the key concepts and theories of IPE in order to analyse and understand these pressing issues and questions facing policymakers and citizens.

IPE is an interdisciplinary academic field within international relations which draws inputs from international politics and international economics to examine the dynamic linkages between markets, states and institutions, and civil society in the regional and global context. This course explores topics such as globalization, international trade, finance, debt, foreign direct investment, development, international migration, and consequences and controversies of globalisation.

The first half of the course provide a foundation for the study of International Political Economy (IPE); in the remaining weeks, students will have the opportunity to vote for their topics of interest from a range of contemporary international questions of interest viewed through an IPE lens.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will 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

  1. 2 Reflection Statements, providing a self-assessment of your learning process on a topic covered in class. You are asked to reflect on what you have learnt, how you have gained new knowledge and identify potential gaps in knowledge. One statement needs to be on a topic from the first half of the lecture, and the second statement needs to cover a topic from the second half of the lecture. These statements need only be a maximum of about 100-200 words. (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Tutorial participation. (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. The remaining 80% of assessment to consist of: (null) [LO null]
  4. - a research essay of about 4,000 words (80%) of the total assessment for the course. (80) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. or (null) [LO null]
  6. - a first essay of about 2,000 words (40%) and a second essay of about 2,000 words (40%). One essay needs to be on a topic from the first half of the lecture, and the second essay needs to cover a topic from the second half of the lecture. (80) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  7. or (null) [LO null]
  8. - a video presentation or a podcast of about 7-8 minutes (40%) and a 2,000 word essay (40%). (80) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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.




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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $3900
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
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
5496 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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