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 postdisciplinary re-integration of social science dealing with relations of:

  • production
  • exchange
  • 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.

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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.