This module focuses on the enduring political battle between the winners and losers from global economic exchange and studies how this shapes the evolution of the global economy. It also focuses on a number of IPE problems that are essential to a sound understanding of the world today. It examines the fundamental tensions that shape today’s world and demonstrates to students how IPE issues tend to be interconnected. Reference is also made to structures systems, values and levels in global politics and a wide range of discussion topics which have been chosen to give controversial and challenging viewpoints on national and global issues, some of which have made headlines internationally.
Course Aims and Learning Outcomes
- To introduce basic elements in International Political Economy-a number of IPE problems that are essential to a sound understanding of the world today, examine the fundamental tensions that shape today’s world, and demonstrate to students how IPE issues tend to be interconnected.
- To introduce Key Technical Terms related to the Current Global Economic-Financial- and Fiscal Crisis.
- To develop class discussion with discussion topics of global interest, Why Poverty?- Global Poverty- Overseas Aid to Developing Countries, Immigration, Economic migrants and Xenophobia, Democracy-Do students trust Governments? The Role and the Power of the Mass Media.
- To introduce students to some basic structures, systems, values and ideologies in global politics.( The Third Way, Religious Fundamentalism, Party Elections, Christian Democracy, Separation of Powers)