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IBUS 312 International Political Economy

This course provides an overview of the geopolitical and historical frameworks that directly or indirectly affect day-to-day operations and management decision making of companies doing business in an increasingly global context. Topics include: perspectives on IPE theories; international trade, finance and monetary systems; global security issues; state-market tensions; the role of multinational corporations; the IPE of economics development and of resource accessibility; and selected global problems.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 24, 2002 to present

Learning outcomes


  • To understand the basic history, philosophy and theoretical underpinnings of modern IPE.
  • To apply this fundamental understanding of theories, linkages and perspectives to specific topics and problems in today's IPE (e.g. LDCs; the EU; emerging markets; the Middle East).
  • To conceptualize and evaluate the IPE of global problems (e.g. the illicit global economy; migration and tourism; TNCs; food and hunger; oil and energy; the environment) and future scenarios of the IPE.
  • To recognize and analyze the web of relationships that tie nations and their citizens together (i.e. production and trade; monetary linkages; debt connections; security structures; roles of knowledge and technology).

Fall 2023

Section Title Instructor
21 International Political Economy McCampbell, Duncan J Books Course details