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International Political Economy

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time including placement abroad | 2022

Subject

International politics

Our International Political Economy BSc is designed to meet increasing demand for an interdisciplinary course that prepares students for both the public and private job markets.

This bespoke programme – the first degree in IPE in the UK – provides training in a range of conceptual and analytical skills. These will help you analyse the challenges facing decision-makers in business and politics in the global age.

You will be able to analyse complex dynamics of the global markets, financial systems and national political structures. You’ll have the skills and knowledge to draw connections between economic, political and social processes driving major changes on the global scene.

- Study politics, the economy and society as a whole, developing a fully integrated understanding of the world’s changing economic and political topography

- Receive interdisciplinary training from the largest concentration of world-renowned experts in IPE and related fields

- Benefit from our close links to business, the financial sector, policy-makers and think tanks

- Develop data literacy, analytical skills and in-depth understanding of micro- and macro-economic theory that are sought-after a wide range of careers.

Modules

First Year:

Core modules:
- Myths and Mysteries of World Politics
- Introduction to Political Economy
- The Making of the Modern World Economy
- Emerging Powers in a Changing World
- Principles of Economics I
- Principles of Economics II
- Studying Politics
- Introduction to Political and Economic Data Analysis

Second year:

Core modules:
- States and markets in an era of globalisation
- Comparative political economy
- Analysing Political and Economic Data in the Real World
- Theories of International Political Economy
- Advanced principles of economics: financial markets and corporate systems.

Elective modules (pick 3):
- Security studies: conceptual approaches
- Security studies: contemporary and emerging issues
- Foreign Policy Analysis 1: Theories and Issues
- Foreign Policy Analysis 2: Instruments and Practice
- Religion and politics in the age of global change
- Transnational social movements
- Ordering the world: International thought in the twentieth century
- Fifteen shades of red – Russia in the twentieth century
- Practical Politics
- Advanced Theories of Global Politics
- Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
- Politics of the USA
- Comparative Asian Politics
- Political Risk Analysis
- Violent Politics: Riots, Civil wars & State repression
- Political Psychology: Reason & Emotion in Politics
- The American Century: The United States in the Twentieth Century
- Cultures of Benevolence: Philanthropy and Civil Society from 1601 to the Present
- The Making of Modern Japan
- India in the Eighteenth Century
- New Media Challenges
- Understanding Social Change
- Contemporary Social Theory
- Sociology of Race and Racism
- Humanitarian Reporting
- Data Journalism
- Languages

Final Year:

Core module:
- International political economy project.

Elective modules:
- The Global Politics of Forced Migration
- Advanced Topics in International Political Economy
- Global Governance
- International Politics of the Middle East
- American Foreign Policy
- The Global Political Economy of Development
- Political Change in Europe
- Governance of the Global Economy
- Global Money and Finance
- Global Ethics: Power and Principle in World Politics
- The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace
- Technology, Money, Power
- Political Economy of Global Inequality
- Ethnicity and nationalism: Global comparisons
- Geopolitical Macroeconomy
- The Multinational Corporation: Governance, Politics, Ethics
- Sexuality and Gender in World Politics
- Radicals and Reformers: Left-Wing Politics and Activism in Britain and the World since 1945
- Revolution: Rebels and Riots in Modern History
- Comparative Empires in the Modern Era
- The Holocaust in History and Memory
- Disruptive Divas. Riot Grrrls and Bad Sistas: A History of Women in Popular Music
- International News
- Reporting Business
- Poverty: What Counts?
- The Global Migration process
- Languages

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework (assessed essays and assignments), unseen examinations and a final year project. The balance of assessment by each will to some extent depend on the optional modules that you choose.

The Uni


Course locations:

City, University of London

City, University of London

Department:

Department of International Politics

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
International politics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

67%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
92%
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Employed or in further education
52%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Media professionals
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Politics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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