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POLS211 Global Political Economy

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 course focuses on the range of international economic and political factors that will determine what type of job opportunities you will eventually have. Is it true that international trade undermines job opportunities in New Zealand to the benefit of workers in low-wage countries? Will technological change, including the development of artificial intelligence, undermine the avialbility of decent work opportuniities? What effect does economic inequality have on your prospects? How should we prepare ourselves for these challenges?

Paper title Global Political Economy
Paper code POLS211
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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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.
E-reserve on Blackboard.
Course outline

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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 your own style of argument
  • Find your way into the scholarly literature produced in this field of study

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 29-34
A2 Thursday 17:00-17:50 29-34