International Economic Relations since 1931 ESH4033

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course addresses the changing pattern international economic relations since 1931 with particular focus on the origins and development of global economic institutions and the determinants of the patterns of international trade and international capital flows for both developed and developing economies.


Lecture: one hour per week, Seminar: one hour per week. Please note this course does not run every session. For the current course list please see:

Requirements of Entry

Enrolment in an MA (SocSci) or MA (Arts) Honours Programme

Excluded Courses



One essay (2,000-2,500 words) = 25%

One source report (1,000-1,500 words) = 15%

One two-hour examination (answer two questions) = 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable


Course Aims

The aims of this course are to evaluate and understand the forces which shaped the international economy since 1931, with particular emphasis on international trade, international capital flows and the formation of international economic policy. Particular emphasis is placed on the impact of policy on international economic relations, as well as investigating the causes and impact of major disturbances such as the Second World War, the decline of British and then American economic hegemony, the third world debt crisis, the rising economic influence of East Asia and globalisation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Show a critical understanding of the nature of international economic relations.

2. Show facility with the literature on the history of the international economy.

3. Engage with the historiographical debates about the causes of crises in the international economy since 1931.

4. Construct and defend an analytical argument both orally and in written form.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.