University of Sussex Business School

Intro to International Political Economy (L2024)

Introduction to International Political Economy

Module L2024

Module details for 2019/20.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

The intensity and scope of the relationship between politics and economics has become a central element of international relations. This course offers a distinctive perspective in terms of which traditional issues of international relations - such as war, trade, integration and international society - can be studied. It considers the central theoretical traditions of international political economy: liberalism, realism, Marxism, neo-institutionalism, and critical theory. It then applies these diverse theoretical traditions in an analysis of the evolution of the state system from the 16th to the 20th century, paying particular attention to the relationship between class and state power, on the one hand, and the capitalist world economy, on the other.

Module learning outcomes

Knowledge of the key themes and problems involved in the study of international political economy

An overview of key events in the rise of the international political economy up to World War II

Familiarity with the principal IPE theoretical traditions

Essay (2500 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 2 Mon 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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Dr Earl Gammon

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Dr Samuel Knafo


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Assess convenor

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