International Political Economy

The details
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
22 April 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA L20612 Political Economy,
MA L206EB Political Economy,
MA L206EK Political Economy,
MRESL20624 Political Economy,
MSC L20612 Political Economy,
MSC L206EB Political Economy,
MSC L206EK Political Economy,
MSC L16512 Quantitative International Development

Module description

This is a graduate course on international political economy. The course focuses on the international governance framework that structures economic relations between nations, including the role of international institution. It explores which domestic level institutions and actors have shaped the international framework, who benefits and who does not. Substantive topics covered include trade, development finance, foreign direct investment and more. The class will consider political dynamics across a range of countries, including in the Global South and North, and those with democratic and authoritarian institutions.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

  • To introduce students to contemporary scholarly research on international political economy topics.

  • To introduce students to models and methodological approaches in international political economy.

  • To stimulate students to form original ideas for promising research projects in the area of international political economy.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Read, understand and evaluate scholarly work published in leading academic journals.

  2. Be able to evaluate research questions, methodological designs and concepts, variable measurements and the quality of empirical analysis.

  3. Create and record an online presentation on a cutting-edge research topic.

Transferable Skills

Students will use and develop the following key skills:

  • Transfer of ideas: students will be enabled to apply concepts and methodologies to other areas of political science inquiry, such as international relations, comparative politics etc.

  • Improving independent learning and performance: Student will learn how to evaluate existing research with a view towards developing their own research topics.

  • Communication, interaction, and peer review: The class has a strong discussion element and provides and open and empowering environment for the exchange of ideas.

  • Writing: students will learn how to correctly incorporate AI tools such as ChatGPT into their own research.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered via:

  • 2 hours per week.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Draft Research Plan    20% 
Coursework   Peer Review    10% 
Coursework   Response Paper    30% 
Coursework   Scientific Paper pre-registration plan    40% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Martin Steinwand, email: martin.steinwand@essex.ac.uk.
Martin Steinwand
Please contact govpgquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Kyriaki Nanou
Durham University
Associate Professor in European politics
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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