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International political economy

Mednarodna politična ekonomija

Course credits:

6.00 ECTS / 60 (30 hours of lectures, 0 hours of exercises, 30 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

izr. prof. dr. Marko Lovec






First semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of International Relations


Students are allowed to participate in the course provided that they have completed the enrolment procedure.

Objectives and competences

The objective of the course is to transfer to the students knowledge in the area of international economic relations through the application of analytical tools of international political economy. Through the understanding of the relations between different actors in international economy it is possible to explain the control of the processes and impact of power structures in the field of international political economy. COMPETENCES: The course builds the following competences: knowledge of the basics of international political economy understanding of the interactions of power structures in international environment ability to connect the developments in different fields of international political economy capability of oral and written communications basic research skills.

Content (Syllabus outline)

Definition and key concepts of international political economy. Theoretical approaches to international political economy, based on the power structures and their interrelationships. Structures of power in the global socio-economic set-up, the meaning of structures and processes. Primary power structures: security, production, finance and knowledge and related sub-structures. Special analysis of international trade structure as an example to international regime (WTO). The mechanisms of structural changes and dynamic interrelationships.

Intended learning outcomes:

Student: Knows the basic power structures of international political economy Can describe the interrelations of different power structures Is capable of understanding and analyzing developments in international economy with the application of international political economy’ tools.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures and seminars with oral presentations.


Written exam 80 %. The precondition for access to the exam is the presentation of the research problem that brings 20 % of the grade.

Obligatory literature

1. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Gilpin, Robert; Gilpin, Jean M.
Title: Global political economy : understanding the international economic order »
Publishing: New Delhi : Orient Longman, 2003
ISBN: 8-1250-2306-2; 978-1-400-83127-2
COBISS.SI-ID: 23546461 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Strange, Susan
Title: Države in trgi »
Publishing: Ljubljana : Znanstveno in publicistično središče, 1995
ISBN: 961-6014-41-2
COBISS.SI-ID: 51992064 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All obligatory literature in catalog ODKJG »

Additional literature

1. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Oatley, Thomas H.
Title: International political economy »
Edition: Sixth ed., international student ed.
Publishing: New York ; London : Routledge, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-351-03464-7
COBISS.SI-ID: 29742339 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All additional literature in catalog ODKJG »

Hot to aquire credits:

For full study

  1. Lectures, seminars and individual consultations
    Research paper, resarch project, seminar paper or assignments
    Written exam, oral exam, written/oral exam or 2 midterm exams