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Introduction to Global Political Economy

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of global political economy.

A historical perspective is adopted to bridge the gaps in the intellectual traditions in GPE and provide the necessary conceptual tools to the study of GPE. Accordingly, students will be equipped with deeper understanding of various stages and shifts in the world order beginning in the 1400s and the evolution of GPE theories since the 1700s.

The latter half of the course will examine GPE theories in the post-1945 period, and more specifically recent issues in a fast changing global political economy – e.g. trade and liberalization, emerging markets, monetary & financial system, gender, environment and global governance.

Students will be required to critically reflect and apply theoretical tools to pressing issues in the global system.

  • Course structure

    Learning outcomes

    To obtain a passing grade, the student must:

    • possess knowledge and understanding of theoretical formations within the field of global political economy.
    • be able to use theoretical/conceptual tools to analyze global political economy.
    • be able to conduct an independent analysis and critically assess others' scientific work within the field of global political economy.

    Teaching format

    Lectures and seminars.

    Attendance at seminars are mandatory. 

    All courses on the Department's Master's level are all held in English. 


    Written and oral examination.

    Mandatory attendance.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Valid for 2023 and onwards


    • John Ravenhill, Global Political Economy, 2020 (2016 can also be used), Oxford University Press. (Full book)
    • Ernesto Vivares (ed), The Routledge Handbook to Global Political Economy: Conversations and Inquiries, New York: Routledge, 2020 (Majority of book is used. Available as e-book at SU library)

    Articles and single chapters tba. For details, see the course description

  • Contact


    For general questions regarding application, registration and more
    The Department's Master's Student Office


    Question about the course
    Course convener and Examiner: Gonzalo Pozo Martín