Courses & Units

Global Political Economy HIR307

Hobart, Launceston



The unit introduces students to the structure and operation of the global political economy. It introduces political science students to a limited number of important economic concepts to enable a better understanding of trade, investment, finance and monetary policy. Key issues (and institutions) covered include free trade and protectionism (World Trade Organization), fixed and floating exchange rates (International Monetary Fund), foreign direct investment (Multinational Corporations), portfolio investment (Credit Rating Agencies), national competitiveness and productivity (World Economic Forum) and the structure and operation of global supply chains. The unit also examines proposed reforms to the global political economy to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.


Unit name Global Political Economy
Unit code HIR307
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations

A/P Fred Gale

Teaching staff

A/P Fred Gale

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,903.00 090101

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HIR101 OR HPP101 OR 12.5 points at introductory level in HSG units.


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Teaching Pattern

On Campus: web-based delivery of 13 weeks learning resources; 1-hr weekly tutorial (face-to-face and via videoconference)
Off Campus: web-based delivery of 13 weeks learning resources; weekly online tutorial discussions supplemented with occasional MyLO web-conferences


3,500-word major essay (50%); 2,000-word minor essay (25%); tutorial participation (25%)

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