INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
Credit points: 15
This subject explores the main issues of political economy in international relations. 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 global economy. We also take a look at the nature and extent of regionalisation, the politics of trade and finance, and the implications for governance at the state and global levels. Finally, we address the main ethical challenges in the contemporary global economy, focussing on the problems of poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Available as ElectiveNo
Learning ActivitiesInteractive seminar presentations, dedicated expert Q&A activities, peer discussion in small groups, participation in seminar discussions, research essay, briefing paper.
Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HUSS Postgraduate Coursework Degree or through subject coordinator's approval
Incompatible subjectsPOL4GAG OR POL5GAG
Quota Management StrategyN/A
Quota-conditions or rulesN/A
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy
Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A
Entire subject or partial subjectN/A
Total hours/days requiredN/A
Location of WBL activity (region)N/A
WBL addtional requirementsN/A
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray
SeminarWeek: 10 - 15
Two 2.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 15 and delivered via blended.
Briefing paper (1500 words)A policy-related assessment on a contemporary issue of global political economy.
Research essay (3000 words)Students prepare a research essay from a set list of topics provided in the subject learning guide.