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International Political Economy & Business - MAN00019M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Simon Sweeney
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module summary

This module provides an introduction to some of the mainstream, as well as critical, approaches to the International Political Economy (IPE) that is the context within which business operates

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21
B Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

This module provides an introduction to some of the mainstream, as well as critical, approaches to the International Political Economy (IPE), the context in which business operates.  Conceptually, the module focuses on how politics and political systems affect the business environment and explore comparative approaches to political economy and emerging literature on globalisation.   Particular attention will focus on understanding how different approaches to IPE constitute different theoretical and methodological approaches. These inform mainstream and alternative views on international business, development, and public policy.

Module learning outcomes

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By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the assumptions which underpin key IPE approaches

  • Identify and understand links between policy and recent developments in international trade, investment, money and finance

  • Develop a sound understanding of policies adopted by key states in the international environment

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the impact of globalisation on firms and on the planet

  • Evaluate and apply learned concepts and theories.

Module content

Subject content

  • Contending approaches to International Political Economy

  • The Post-War economic order and the rise of Neoliberalism

  • Recent trends in international trade and investment

  • Recent developments in international money and finance

  • Comparative perspectives on development, and competition between states

  • Globalisation, the corporation and corporate ethics

Teaching Material

  • Lecture slides will be available on the VLE together with extensive seminar and reading material.

  • A detailed reading list giving a comprehensive coverage of the content of the module will be distributed at the first session 

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay 2,500 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay 2,500 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

A comprehensive module assessment report is released to students after the spring term exam board (within five weeks of the assessment). Individual written feedback is made available to students at the same time.

Indicative reading

Baylis, Smith, Owens (2020) Globalization of World Politics. OUP (or previous editions).

Gray (2015) False Dawn. Granta (or previous editions).



The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

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