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Critical Theories of International Political Economy - POL00006M

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  • Department: Politics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Kieran Durkin
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

The module introduces critical theories of International Political Economy, focusing on Adam Smith’s contribution to classical political economy, Marx’s critique of political economy, neo-classical economics, Keynesianism, neo-liberalism, and contemporary Marxist critique of the state. Throughout the module, we will ask about the political in political economy, and the economic in political economy, and underlying notions of capital, state, class, value, production, exchange, economic purpose.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to distinguish between distinct critical theories of international political economy, explain the difference between classical political economy, Marx’s critique of political economy, neo-classical economics, and neo-liberalism.


Task Length % of module mark
4000 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules




Module feedback

Students will receive written timely feedback on their formative assessment. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor’s feedback and guidance hours.

Indicative reading

D. Dowd, Capitalism and its Economics, Pluto, 2000

R. L. Heilbronner, The Worldly Philosophers, 7th ed. Penguin 2000 (or earlier).

E K Hunt and H Sherman, Economics: an Introduction to Traditional and Radical Views, Part I, 4th ed. Harper and Row, 1991.

J Robinson, Economic Philosophy, Penguin, 1964.

W K Tabb, Reconstructing Political Economy, Routledge 1999.

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