Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject explores the impacts of globalisation on our contemporary political economy. Over the past few decades, as nation-states have found it increasingly difficult to manage sprawling networks of global interdependence, states have become part of broader governance networks that include relations with a variety of nonstate, international and supranational actors.Not surprisingly, these changes have provoked controversies about the supposed benefits and harms of globalisation, and raise important questions about whose interests are served by the contemporary global economy. This subject explores debates about globalisation, focussing on understanding global governance and conceptualising the role of nation-states and other actors in the contemporary political economy. We also take a look at the nature and extent of regionalisation and globalisation in trade, finance and culture and the implications for governance within and between states. Finally, we address the main ethical challenges in contemporary political economy, focussing on the problem of poverty, environmental degradation, and the impacts of globalisation on democracy.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of International Relations (AMIRL/AMIRS), Graduate Diploma of International Relations (AGIR), Graduate Certificate of International Relations (ACIR), Master of International Development or related double masters (AMIDV/HZHPHID/HZPHID), Graduate Diploma of International Development (AGDST) or Graduate Certificate of International Development (ACDST).


Incompatible subjects POL4GAG

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject for the Master of International Relations (AMIRL/AMIRS)

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students will have a mastery of the theoretical knowledge concerned with the challenges of governance brought about by different processes of globalisation.

Research Essay; Briefing Paper; Take-home Questions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Students will use their advanced knowledge and research skills to critically examine a contemporary issue of political economy and provide policy solutions that can be communicated to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Briefing Paper
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

03. Students will autonomously design and execute a substantial research project on global political economy that uses theoretical knowledge to interpret recent developments.

Research Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Week 10-14, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 13
Three 2.5 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 13 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Take-home Questions (2500 words)25 01
Briefing paper (2500 words)25 01, 02
Research essay (4000 words)50 01, 03