The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism (L2025)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module will build upon the theoretical approaches and historical narrative you explored in the ‘Introduction to International Political Economy’ module.

You’ll gain a distinctive perspective of the theories and issues at the forefront of contemporary International Political Economy (IPE).

You’ll focus on the post-1970s era of global transformation to interrogate a seemingly diverse set of phenomena, recognising their historical specificity and inherent interconnectivity.


Throughout the module you’ll:

  • investigate the extent to which a distinctive IPE perspective on the study of international relations has been established
  • assess some of the various approaches to IPE in the context of specific historical events and phenomena
  • gain a solid historical and theoretical basis for a critical scrutiny of the evolution and contemporary configuration of the global political economy.

By the end of the module you will hopefully gain an alternative and critical perspective on the constitution, distribution and dynamics of power in the international and global political economy.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


20%: Coursework (Essay)
80%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: