• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, International Affairs, Political Economy
  • Specialisation code IRPE-SPEC
International Political Economy Specialisation

The International Political Economy specialisation provides students the opportunity for an in-depth study of the economic, financial and trade dimensions of world politics. Students will have the opportunity to trace the origins, development and contemporary working of the global economy. These studies will encompass broad questions about the sources of economic cooperation and conflict, the development of international economic institutions like the Gold Standard, International Monetary Fund and G20, the role of domestic institutions like central banks and financial regulators, and the practices and pathologies that mark twenty-first century capitalism. The program promises deeper insights into recent developments such as the Global Financial Crisis, the rise of global populism, US-China trade tensions, COVID-19 spawned challenges, and the forces that shape global, national and individual possibilities in the context of the global political economy.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the structure of the global economic system and the sources of state interests in economic cooperation and conflict

  2. Appreciate the tensions between policy goals of maintaining economic openness, full employment, and monetary stability

  3. Engage debates over the meaning of globalisation and its implications for economic policy choice

    Contribute to ongoing global debate over the need for the reform of international system, domestic policy change, and social and economic justice

  4. Act as informed consumers of economic information, and so recognise and anticipate the ways in which states pursue varied policy goals through the use of regulatory, fiscal, and monetary policy instruments, with implications for growth, employment and market trends.

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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

6 units completion from

INTR8013 International Political Economy (6 units)

18 units from the following courses:

IDEC8009 Trade, Development and the Asia Pacific Economy (6 units)

POGO8213 The Global Trading System (6 units)

POGO8016 The Economic Way of Thinking (6 units)

POLS8032 Globalisation: The Interaction of Economics and Politics (6 units)

REGN8018 Consumptagenic Systems (3 units)

REGN8054 Global Business Regulation (3 units)

ANIP6503 Australian National Internship Program A (6 units)

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