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Governing the Global Economy - POL00009H

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  • Department: Politics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Liam Clegg
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

The conventional wisdom within Political Science and International Studies holds that the size and complexity of the contemporary global economy renders it largely 'ungovernable'. Moreover, so the story goes, international organisations (IOs) serve to promote globalisation as an end in itself, thereby increasing the global economy's ungovernability further still. The purpose of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to critically engage with these ideas, and to broadly reflect on the question of 'who governs the global economy?' To this end, the module explores the operations of a range of key sites of international economic governance (formal and informal, public and private), and investigates how IOs influence states and markets and how states and markets influence them.

The module will introduce students to key theoretical debates surrounding the analysis of global economic governance, and will then explore contemporary issues surrounding the operations of institutions including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, G7/G20, Bank for International Settlements, and Credit Rating Agencies. The module assessment aims to evaluate students' engagement with (aspects of) theoretical debates and understanding of (aspects of) the contemporary issues studied.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of debates over the nature of global economic governance, and of literature pertaining to particular sites of global economic governance;
  • Demonstrate independent analysis by critically engaging with concepts and/or claims from relevant established literature on global economic governance;
  • Communicate arguments using advanced ideas through written communication, organised and presented according to established academic conventions in the discipline of Politics and International Studies.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 3000 words
N/A 100

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.

Students will receive written feedback on their summative assessment no later than 20 working days after submission; and the module tutor will hold a specific session to discuss feedback, which students can also opt to attend. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor's regular feedback and guidance hours.

Indicative reading

There is no Key Text for the module. A useful overview of some themes and cases that are explored through the module is provided by Gutner, T. (2016) International Organizations in World Politics (London: Sage), Chapter 2 ?The Intellectual Context: The Evolution of IO Theory?.

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.