Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the study of international political economy (IPE) and global development. It examines the reciprocal, interactive relationship between politics and economics or between states and markets in the contemporary international system. It does through learning about four key perspectives in IPE - neo-classical, institutional, feminist and marxist - in relation to five key debates in global-local (glocal) development. These include global hunger and food sovereignty; poverty and gender; inequality and the state; precarity and post-work utopias, and ecological crisis and climate change. The use of different theories to explore these debates will help students to describe, explain and suggest solutions to these global-local (glocal) issues and challenges.

Availability2022 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate general knowledge of the major theoretical perspectives in international political economy and global development;

2. Apply the merits and demerits of these perspectives as they account for the changing political dynamics of international political and economic relations and development practices;

3. Demonstrate understanding of key concepts and issues in the contemporary global political economy;

4. Demonstrate understanding of key concepts, approaches and issues in global development;

5. Explain the operation of power and the role of major state and societal actors in the international economic system;

6. Demonstrate theoretical and empirical preparedness for more advanced courses in political economy, global politics and global development.


The topics in this include but are not limited to the following:

  1. The Political Economy of Global Hunter
    • Neoliberal reform and food riots
    • Food Sovereignty and Food Democracy
  2. The Political Economy of Gendered Poverty
    • The Feminisation of Poverty and Responsibility
    • The Politics of Social Reproduction and the Feminisation of Resistance
  3. The Political Economy of Inequality
    • Piketty's 'Capital in the 21st Century'
    • Piketty's Critics
  4. The Political Economy of Precarity
    • Precarity and Democracy
    • From Precarity to Post-Work Utopias and Care-tizenship
  5. The Political Economy of Ecological Crisis
    • Capitalism Versus Climate
    • Political Ecology and Ecofeminism

Assumed knowledge

It is desirable that students have studied POLI1020..

Assessment items

In Term Test: In-class tests

Essay: Mid Semester Essay

Essay: Case study essay

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, guided reflections, interactive workshops, or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.