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Global Political Economy MA

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Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Economics

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

This programme unites our academic commitment and expertise in helping understand and develop responses to the most pressing global politcal economy challenges facing humanity today.

You will have the opportunity to analyse powerful global economic governance agencies like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, alongside the firms and sectors and markets that generate many of the global conflicts, instabilities, crises and challenges we face. You will explore how sectors, markets and firms are linked to, for example, food and health insecurities, unemployment, job precarity, poverty, climate change and pollution.

The programme’s emphasis on real world issues allows us to place special attention on how governance agendas and their impact are experienced, negotiated and responded to in everyday lives and to compare and assess how policymakers and communities seek change.

Learning and teaching

Modules are conducted through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops. Tutors also provide you with individual advice on written work and you should begin to develop expertise in improving your work through face-to-face discussion with your tutors, formative assessment and through detailed feedback. You’ll be expected to carry out a good deal of independent, detailed and considered study.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

You will also benefit from the external seminar series running through the entire programme, with experts and practitioners working on a range of global challenges.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

Each module is assessed separately, through assessments that range from long essays to projects and assignments, offering you the opportunity to work in your particular field of interest within each topic area. You will also carry out a dissertation into a research area of your choice.

Career opportunities

You’ll gain a wide range of professional skills on top of your subject knowledge. You’ll have an understanding of project design and management in a development context, as well as being able to analyse quantitative and qualitative data. You’ll be able to construct clear arguments, critically assess different options for action, analyse policy documents, write research reports and give presentations. You’ll also be trained to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations.

Our programme equips you for various career paths. Compatible careers include working in international development agencies, international organisations, governments, politics, NGOs, research organisations, policy making, companies, sectoral/economic analysis, media, and academia.

Modules

The module begins with an overview of the main challenges and crises that we face in the global political economy today: climate change and pollution, global health insecurities, inequality and poverty, and the status of the liberal international order and multilateralism. Students will examine the scale and nature of these challenges and question how we got to this juncture, as well as signal the possibilities for transformations. The module then develops an understanding of how different theoretical and historical approaches in GPE have explained the dynamics of the global political economy, as well as how they frame and approach present global challenges.In the final stage of the module students will examine GPE from Southern and alternate perspectives and voices that are emerging as powerful critiques of disciplinary orientations. Beyond the American and Anglo-centric and European traditions, there have been alternative voices and critiques, concepts and theories emerging from other regions of the world. Embedded in how we teach and what we read, students will also be exposed to socio-economic and socio-cultural approaches like Feminism and Post-Colonial IPE;

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

10,250

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)

20,750

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or a non-UK equivalent in a social science, humanities, or other related discipline.

Department profile

The School of Politics and International Studies at Leeds brings together research and study in key areas of politics, international relations, global development and security. Our range of high-quality programmes are informed by cutting-edge research and relevant to professional contexts worldwide. As an academic community our shared vision is to investigate, understand, and help shape the ‘politics of global challenges’ to have a real impact...more