Theorising Global Political Economy (936M1)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

The module aims to familiarise you with key conceptual and theoretical debates in global and international social theory, with particular reference to the broad field of Global Political Economy (GPE). GPE is understood here as the post-disciplinary re-integration of social science dealing with relations of production, exchange, and power. It examines the main strands of GPE thinking, challenging you to critically evaluate the relevance of the theories to the pressing concerns of the field. The module also aims to enhance your skills in applying theory to analysing concrete, real-world issues.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.