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    Analyses the interaction between markets and national/transnational sources of authority and the resulting patterns of power and privilege. Focuses on actors, structures, institutions, norms, and outcomes in world trade, finance, production, and the management of science and technology.

    This paper focuses on the political determinants and political consequences of economic interaction across national borders: How power shapes economic policies and outcomes, and how these in turn affect the distribution of power and privilege across the planet. In explaining these, the course also introduces you to current debates about political-economic issues.

    About this paper

    Paper title Global Political Economy
    Subject Politics
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One 100-level POLS paper or 72 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    May not be credited together with POLS231 passed in 2003.
    An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
    Teaching staff
    Professor Philip Nel
    Paper Structure
    Class tests, group presentation, and final exam.

    eReserve on Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper should have the ability to:

    • Identify and analyse the main features of and trends in the various domains/areas of the global political economy
    • Identify and evaluate the main theoretical perspectives that are used by analysts and decision makers in this field of study
    • Find and interpret data and information on aspects of the global political economy, and relate it to local issues and personal concerns
    • Identify the characteristics of 'good arguments' in this field of study, and to apply these insights in developing their own style of argument
    • Find their way into the scholarly literature produced in this field of study


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 14:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 10-12, 15-16
    A2 Thursday 17:00-17:50 10-12, 15-16
    A3 Monday 16:00-16:50 10-12, 15-16
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