Global Studies (GLST) 483

International Political Economy: The Politics of Globalization (Revision 4)

GLST 483

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None. A previous political economy, political science, or economics course is recommended.

Precluded Course: GLST 483 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under 3 different disciplines—GLST 483, POEC 483 and INTR 483. GLST 483 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for POEC 483 or INTR 483.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Does the term “globalization” capture the essence of what is taking shape in the 21st century? How do we understand this dynamic and fast-changing world economy? Political Economy 483 International Political Economy: The Politics of Globalization is a senior-level, three-credit course cross-listed with Global Studies, International Relations, and Political Economy. The course introduces highly contested issues and contradictory positions concerning the meaning and significance of globalization. Students will situate current global processes within the historical development of the world economy and learn to view these changes through a variety of theoretical lenses. The course materials critically engage the structural changes occurring between different world regions, among international financial institutions—such as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank—as well as multinational business corporations. Finally, students will be engaged with issues of global governance in the 21st Century, as new economic and political centres of power emerge and evolve.


The course consists of the following ten units.

  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: “Pre-Globalization” International Power-relations and Practices
  • Unit 3: Contemporary Theories of International Political Economy Globalization
  • Unit 4: The New Global Context
  • Unit 5: Multinational Corporations and Global Production
  • Unit 6: Regionalism and Globalization
  • Unit 7: Developing Nations and Globalization
  • Unit 8: Developed Nations and Globalization
  • Unit 9: Opposing Globalization
  • Unit 10: Future Trends and Issues


To receive credit for GLST 483, you must achieve a minimum of “D” percent on the final assignment and a minimum composite course grade of “D” (50 percent). The chart below summarizes the course activities and the credit weight associated with each. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Book Review Assignment Research Essay Final Assignment Total
25% 40% 35% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Cohn, Theodore H. 2010. Global political economy: Theory and practice. 5th ed. New York: Pearson Longman.

Stubbs, Richard, and Geoffrey R. D. Underhill, eds. 2006. Political economy and the changing world order. 3rd ed. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.

Other Materials

The course materials are online only at this time.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the GLST 483 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least "C-"(60 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, September 8, 2010.

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Updated May 16 2016 by Student & Academic Services