I’ve started fielding a few questions relating to module selection and content for the coming year, as the UCL module catalogue entries appear to answer as many questions as they raise. I’ll try to provide some additional description here; refer to the module catalogue for definitive information.(1)
All questions relating to the enrolment process should be referred to the department’s administrative team.
POLS0043 International Political Economy – This module surveys the field of IPE, providing a rigorous introduction to a fairly wide range of topics, some of which are listed in the module catalogue. The readings are a combination of handbook chapters and academic articles; the purchase of a textbook is not required. The module assumes a fair amount of familiarity with foundational concepts that would be gained through prior coursework.
Lectures will be pre-recorded in topic-focused blocks, with 3-4 topics covered each week under a broader theme, all of which will build upon the readings. Seminars will be interactive and led by myself or one of my excellent colleagues.
How does POLS0043 differ from POLS0045?
Dr Lauge Poulsen usually teaches POLS0045 in Term Two. My understanding is that the module is focused primarily on international trade and international investment, areas in which Lauge is actively engaged in terms of both research and policy.
Taught postgraduate modules
PUBL0004 International Political Economy – Co-taught with Lauge, and typically with some guest speakers, this module focuses primarily on international trade, international investment, and services trade. I do tend to draw out some of the implications for other issue areas, as trade models directly inform a lot of IPE work on other topics. The module format enables us to introduce a range of topics in an approachable manner and discuss them in more detail than would usually be done in a typical IPE survey.
While some of the logistics for Term Two are still in the air, I anticipate pre-recorded lectures with 3-4 segments per week for my portion of the module, alongside interactive online seminars.
PUBL0060 International Trade Policy – This class covers the political economy of international trade and related aspects of economic globalization. As is indicated in the catalogue description, prior coursework in economics and quantitative IR is assumed. The readings are more technical (and numerous) than those assigned for PUBL0004, and discussion more advanced, although there is some overlap.
This class also contains a substantial methodological component, driven by methods that are employed in the analysis of trade, trade policy, and their effects. On the qualitative side, this includes case comparison methods. For quantitative and econometric techniques, the methods discussion covers time-series cross-sectional (TSCS) and panel data methods, dealing with hierarchical and cross-classified data, the gravity model, nonlinear TSCS/panel models, and dynamic panel models, as well as some quasi-experimental methods. These are discussed with a focus on application, but also with the assumption of a working understanding of basic econometric techniques.
I anticipate module delivery to be pre-recorded lectures consisting of roughly four topic-driven segments per week, and interactive online seminars.
Note: The research proposal for PUBL0060 can involve qualitative or quantitative methods (or both), as long as the methods are appropriate for the research question.
(1) In deference to the higher-education sector’s overactive and over-zealous regulators, I should note that observations here are not necessarily binding and no claims or complaints may be made with reference to them.