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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Global Political Economy

Programme code:MA-GPE-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Charlie Dannreuther & Dr Owain Williams Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good honours degree or equivalent. English language requirements in line with current POLIS requirements.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Politics and International Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Politics and International Studies MA Exam Board

Programme specification:

Masters in Global Political Economy will study key global challenges faced by humanity: such as climate change, global health, water and food insecurities. Students will study these capacities and commitments to helping understand and develop responses to the most pressing global challenges facing humanity today. Student will be provided with training and research opportunities that equip and engage with these challenges in a manner that is progressive, offering a range of conceptual and analytical tools. The course therefore offers practical and employable skills in how to use data for research, and best practice for writing policy briefs and reports. In both assessments and the unique course seminar series student will also engage with external practitioners and experts from politics, business and civil society. Some of the assessed work will be undertaken with these practitioners, targeting real-world contemporary issues and producing research that can be used by civil society groups and others in diverse communities. Students will also engage with other universities around the world for discussions and seminars on key issues, thereby linking our students with other voices and approaches to political economy.

Focus will not only be on global economic governance agencies like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, but also give attention to the firms, professions, sectors and markets that generate many of the global conflicts and instabilities. Sectors, markets and firms will be linked by teaching to food and health insecurities, unemployment, job precarity, poverty wages and pollution, to name a just a few of the important issue areas of many that are affected. The programme’s emphasis on real world issues allows us to place special emphasis on how these governance agendas and their impact are experienced, negotiated and otherwise responded to in everyday lives.
This approach incorporates into the programme analysis of global crises to be explored from the perspectives of the Global South.

The course offered therefore intends to cover a wider range of the institutions, processes and agencies that have power in the political-economic world. It will trace how this power produces various complex and multi-scalar global challenges and operates to limit and constrain our ability to respond to those challenges. The Masters will also seek to highlight instances where agency is progressive and analyse cases when and how positive change has been delivered by democratic means and through social movements and resistance. In much of this approach we seek to appreciate how key changes and resulting crises have been generated by a range of powerful actors from both North and South.

By the end of the programme students will have developed
• Students will have learned a critical thinking & insights from a range of cultures, disciplines and researchers.
• Training in the uses and understandings/interpretations of data from business, international and scholarly
databases (without statistical or modelling skills being required).
• The practical application of critical insights in case study and experiential learning-based teaching.
• A mix of individual and team-based assessment for real-world stakeholders in international issues.
• Grounding in issues, institutions, ideas, and key economic sectors.
• Focus and knowledge of the Global South and North.
• Access to an inter-disciplinary teaching team with expertise in political economy, International Relations, Development, Anthropology, Public Health and Sociology.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED5527MTheories and Concepts in Global Political Economy30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5528MCapitalism in Practice30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5800MDissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth), 1 Jan to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to take 60 credits from the following list of optional modules:

PIED5202MGlobal Politics of Health30 creditsNot running in 202324
PIED5210MAfrica in the Contemporary World30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5213MConflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5255MGender, Globalisation and Development30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5400MThe Rise of China30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5547MPopular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5548MThe Responsibility to Protect30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5562MInternational Relations and the Environment30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5569MCounterterrorism30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5570MTerrorism30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5580MClimate Security30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5625MThe Global Political Economy of Money, Debt and Finance30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5626MGlobal Justice30 creditsNot running in 202324
PIED5650MDiplomatic Practice30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5652MGlobal Governance30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5660MEthics and Politics of Migration and Citizenship30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED5734MAnalysing Data in Political Science30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED5737MElections and Voters30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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