Political Economy (POEC) 393

Canada and the Global Political Economy (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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POEC 393 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Overall, Political Economy 393 will enable you to understand the workings of international political economy and introduce you to Canada's relation with the North American geo-political and economic space and the global economic system. Students taking Political Science 383 at AU (POLI 383: Canadian Political Economy in a Global Era) will find this course particularly useful; POLI 383 focuses on the internal dynamics of the Canadian political economy and POEC 393 draws on specific issues, institutions, and trends within the global political economy and examines their impact on the evolution of Canadian political economy. The two courses are therefore complementary and, taken together, provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of the global political economy on the nature and structure of Canadian political economy.


The course consists of the following six units.

  • Unit 1: Introduction: Globalization and Neo-liberalism in the Global Political Economy
  • Unit 2: From Bretton Woods to Neo-liberalism
  • Unit 3: Regionalism and Integration
  • Unit 4: Financial Integration and Investment
  • Unit 5: New Issues on the North American Agenda
  • Unit 6: Conclusion: Beyond Neo-liberalism


To receive credit for POEC 393, you must complete all the assignments, and obtain a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 15%
Assignment 3 15%
Assignment 4 15%
Final Essay Assignment 40%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials

All course materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the POEC 393 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least C- (60 per cent) 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 3, March 20, 2012.

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