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IRPG849 – International Political Economy

2017 – S2 External

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Sung-Young Kim
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MIntRel or PGDipIntRel or GradDipIntRel or MIntCommMIntRel or MIntBusMIntRel or MIntRelMIntTrdeComLaw or MTransInterMIntRel or MConfInt or MIntTrdeComLaw or MPPP or GradDipPP or GradCertIntRel
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
POIR704 - Global Political Economy
Unit description Unit description
This unit introduces students to the subject area of global political economy and to develop their research and analytical skills. Students will be introduced to political economy theory in some depth and expected to utilise the concepts and theories in examining the politics of the global economy. The basis of this unit is not that political economy is a synthesis of the political and economic but that political economy explains the nature of the international system more holistically. Global Political Economy is explored through the structures within which political (including ideological) and economic activities take place.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. to convey an understanding of the major debates and contemporary issues raised by the study of International Political Economy;
  2. 2. to deepen knowledge on the rise of new state and non-state global and international power actors brought about globalisation;
  3. 3. to impart a critical understanding of the diverse impacts of global economic integration, especially on the state’s governing powers over the economy through contemporary conceptual approaches and empirical case studies;
  4. 4. to promote a macro (big picture) perspective on economic globalisation’s impacts, which integrates theory and empirical evidence;
  5. 5. to develop a degree of knowledge in the policy dimensions of global economic integration.

General Assessment Information

Submission of assignments

All written assignments must be submitted using the “Turnitin Assignments” facility on the iLearn website. This facility includes software which scans the uploaded assignments for plagiarism. Follow the instructions on the screen carefully. Your assignment should be uploaded before midnight on the due date.

In all cases, you should ensure that you keep a copy of the assignment.

Please use the topic and chosen question in the title of your document, rather than your own name.

Return of marked work

Marked assignments will be returned via the same facility on iLearn. When marks are released, you will need to go back in to the assignment submission box, and open your uploaded assignment. When you click on the “GradeMark” button, you will be able to see the marker’s comments on your work. You can save or print the essay with the comments.

Extensions

Extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances, and appropriate supporting documentation must be submitted.  If you require an extension, you must contact the convenor by email before the assessment due date.

Penalty for late submission

Assignments which are submitted after the due date will incur a penalty of 3% of the final mark for each day after the due date. An assignment received more than 3 weeks after the due date will automatically fail.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
ClassTest/Take-Home Assignment 25% Week 5
Briefing Paper 20% Week 7
Research Essay 45% Week 12
Participation 10% On-going

ClassTest/Take-Home Assignment

Due: Week 5
Weighting: 25%

Class test for on-campus students, a Take-home assignment for externals.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. to convey an understanding of the major debates and contemporary issues raised by the study of International Political Economy;
  • 2. to deepen knowledge on the rise of new state and non-state global and international power actors brought about globalisation;
  • 3. to impart a critical understanding of the diverse impacts of global economic integration, especially on the state’s governing powers over the economy through contemporary conceptual approaches and empirical case studies;

Briefing Paper

Due: Week 7
Weighting: 20%

500 word Briefing Paper


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. to convey an understanding of the major debates and contemporary issues raised by the study of International Political Economy;
  • 2. to deepen knowledge on the rise of new state and non-state global and international power actors brought about globalisation;
  • 3. to impart a critical understanding of the diverse impacts of global economic integration, especially on the state’s governing powers over the economy through contemporary conceptual approaches and empirical case studies;
  • 5. to develop a degree of knowledge in the policy dimensions of global economic integration.

Research Essay

Due: Week 12
Weighting: 45%

3000-word essay


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. to convey an understanding of the major debates and contemporary issues raised by the study of International Political Economy;
  • 2. to deepen knowledge on the rise of new state and non-state global and international power actors brought about globalisation;
  • 3. to impart a critical understanding of the diverse impacts of global economic integration, especially on the state’s governing powers over the economy through contemporary conceptual approaches and empirical case studies;
  • 4. to promote a macro (big picture) perspective on economic globalisation’s impacts, which integrates theory and empirical evidence;
  • 5. to develop a degree of knowledge in the policy dimensions of global economic integration.

Participation

Due: On-going
Weighting: 10%

Participation


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. to convey an understanding of the major debates and contemporary issues raised by the study of International Political Economy;
  • 2. to deepen knowledge on the rise of new state and non-state global and international power actors brought about globalisation;
  • 3. to impart a critical understanding of the diverse impacts of global economic integration, especially on the state’s governing powers over the economy through contemporary conceptual approaches and empirical case studies;
  • 4. to promote a macro (big picture) perspective on economic globalisation’s impacts, which integrates theory and empirical evidence;
  • 5. to develop a degree of knowledge in the policy dimensions of global economic integration.

Delivery and Resources

Delivery

For lecture times and classrooms please consult the MQ Timetable website: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au. This website will display up-to-date information on your classes and classroom locations.

Internal students are expected to attend the following classes each week:

Lecture: Thursdays at 11am-12pM at 8 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Ave (E3B) 212 Tute Rm. 

Seminar: 12-2pm at 25 Wallys Walk (W6B) 382 Tutorial Rm OR 3-5pm at 8 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Ave (E3B) 217 Tute Rm

NOTE: Seminars will begin in Week 2.

 

External students: The lecture is digitally recorded and can be downloaded from the ILearn website shortly after it is delivered. You will also find lecture slides on the website.

External students are also required to participate actively in the Discussion Board including as an online Discussion Leader for a selected week (in consultation with the Convenor) on the iLearn website (further details are given in the section on Assessment.)

External students are welcome to attend weekly lectures and seminar classes whenever they can.

 

Required resources:

This unit has an iLearn website which is accessible to all students currently enrolled. It is accessed via https://ilearn.mq.edu.au

All required readings will be available via the Macquarie University Library iShare system, and links will be provided via iLearn. 

Unit Schedule

Week

Lecture Date

Topic

Assessment

  1. Introduction: Issues, Actors, and Approaches

1

3 August

Introduction to IRPG849

 

 

2

10 August

Unpacking ‘globalisation’ and understanding its impact on the traditional powers of the nation-state

 

 

  1. Global Power Actors

3

17 August

Global Finance: the ‘electronic herd’

 

 

4

24 August

Multinational/Transnational Corporations

 

 

5

31 August

No lectures or tutorials this week. Class test to be held during normal lecture time.

Class Test/Take Home Assignment

 

6

7 September

Supranational Organisations for Trade and Investment

 

 

  1. World Development: North-South Relations

7

14 September

Globalisation and the developing countries I: the case for and against deeper economic integration

 

Briefing Paper due Fri 15 Sept

2 WEEK MID-SEMESTER RECESS: Mon 18 Sep – Sun 1 Oct

8

5 October

Globalisation and the Developing Countries II: the industry policy debate

 

 

9

12 October

Globalisation and the developed countries: the power of neo-liberal ideas or the activist technology state?

 

 

10

19 October

Academic Essay Writing

 

 

  1. New global challenges

11

26 October

Energy security, climate change and development

 

 

12

2 November

No lectures or tutorials this week

Research Essay due Fri 3 Nov

  1. Conclusion

13

9 November

Final lecture: the state of the state in a globalising world

 

 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

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Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. to convey an understanding of the major debates and contemporary issues raised by the study of International Political Economy;
  • 2. to deepen knowledge on the rise of new state and non-state global and international power actors brought about globalisation;
  • 3. to impart a critical understanding of the diverse impacts of global economic integration, especially on the state’s governing powers over the economy through contemporary conceptual approaches and empirical case studies;
  • 5. to develop a degree of knowledge in the policy dimensions of global economic integration.

Assessment tasks

  • ClassTest/Take-Home Assignment
  • Briefing Paper
  • Research Essay
  • Participation

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcome

  • 5. to develop a degree of knowledge in the policy dimensions of global economic integration.

Assessment tasks

  • ClassTest/Take-Home Assignment
  • Briefing Paper
  • Research Essay
  • Participation

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 3. to impart a critical understanding of the diverse impacts of global economic integration, especially on the state’s governing powers over the economy through contemporary conceptual approaches and empirical case studies;
  • 4. to promote a macro (big picture) perspective on economic globalisation’s impacts, which integrates theory and empirical evidence;
  • 5. to develop a degree of knowledge in the policy dimensions of global economic integration.

Assessment tasks

  • ClassTest/Take-Home Assignment
  • Briefing Paper
  • Research Essay
  • Participation

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 3. to impart a critical understanding of the diverse impacts of global economic integration, especially on the state’s governing powers over the economy through contemporary conceptual approaches and empirical case studies;
  • 4. to promote a macro (big picture) perspective on economic globalisation’s impacts, which integrates theory and empirical evidence;

Assessment tasks

  • Briefing Paper
  • Research Essay

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. to convey an understanding of the major debates and contemporary issues raised by the study of International Political Economy;
  • 2. to deepen knowledge on the rise of new state and non-state global and international power actors brought about globalisation;
  • 3. to impart a critical understanding of the diverse impacts of global economic integration, especially on the state’s governing powers over the economy through contemporary conceptual approaches and empirical case studies;
  • 4. to promote a macro (big picture) perspective on economic globalisation’s impacts, which integrates theory and empirical evidence;

Assessment task

  • Participation

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. to convey an understanding of the major debates and contemporary issues raised by the study of International Political Economy;
  • 2. to deepen knowledge on the rise of new state and non-state global and international power actors brought about globalisation;
  • 3. to impart a critical understanding of the diverse impacts of global economic integration, especially on the state’s governing powers over the economy through contemporary conceptual approaches and empirical case studies;
  • 4. to promote a macro (big picture) perspective on economic globalisation’s impacts, which integrates theory and empirical evidence;

Assessment tasks

  • ClassTest/Take-Home Assignment
  • Briefing Paper
  • Research Essay
  • Participation