Managing Economic Instability (716IRS)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

The module focuses on the management of economic instability in contemporary global economy. You’ll take a hands-on approach with an economic policy-making perspective.

The first part focuses on the drivers and management of the Global Financial Crises of 2008/09. Through this analysis we address key questions related to monetary policy, inequality, global imbalances and financial regulation.

The second part focuses on the changing political economy of financial crises in developing and low-income economies.

The last part focuses on sustainability transition, i.e. how current global economic challenges can be addressed in a way that secures the transition of the global economy to sustainability.

You do not need to take this module if you have previously taken the module ‘Contemporary Issues in the Global Political Economy’ (M1529A), due to overlapping material.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


20%: Coursework (Group presentation)
80%: 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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.