POLS212-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Global and International Political Economy

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course examines the politics of global economic relations. It will focus on issues of international trade, the international monetary system, and foreign investment-and the relationship of each to both domestic and international politics. Among the specific topics to be discussed are: trade and protectionism, the role and performance of global institutions such as the IMF, World Bank, and WTO, the significance of multinational corporations, efforts at regional economic integration such as the EU and NAFTA, the relationship of the world economy to the economic development of poor countries, the emergence of new economic players such as China and India, and the relationship between economic strength and political power.

In this course we will examine the role of economics in the modern global political system. This involves understanding the modern financial institutions of the postwar world and how they have developed over time. We will look at three major theories that try to explain how this system works: the liberal, neo-mercantilist, and structuralist perspectives. We also examine the system from the perspective of the globally powerful nations as well as from the viewpoint of developing nations.  Finally, we will look at some of the major problems that the system currently faces such as integration and the indebtedness of the developing world.


Any 15 points at 100 level from POLS, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA, or
the Schedule V of the BCom.

Course Coordinator

Alex Tan

Class format:

This class will be conducted in a lecture-seminar/discussion format and there is no tutorials for this course.  Students will be expected to attend each class.  Attendance of seminar days will be recorded.  

During seminar days, students will be engaging with other classmates in discussing the topic and assigned reading materials of the day.  To maximize your performance in the class, you will need to come to class prepared – having read the required readings – and ready to learn.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Informed participation/class attendance 10%
Reading summary 10% Students will be assigned one of the weekly readings to summarize.
Reading Quizzes 10% The first quiz will be on March 13 and the second quiz will be on May 15. Each quiz will be worth 5% for a total of 10% of your final course grade.
Midterm Test 27 Mar 2023 30% In-class test
Final exam 29 May 2023 40%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Balaam, David N. , Dillman, Bradford; Introduction to international political economy ; Seventh edition; Routledge, 2018.

Other readings will be available through LEARN.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All POLS212 Occurrences

  • POLS212-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023