AIR200 - Global Capitalism and Power

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: John Bourdouvalis
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: AIR236
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week and 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided) and 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


This unit considers how the field of global political economy helps comprehend the crises and problems facing the contemporary operation of global capitalism. It considers the key agents, structures and institutions which shape global capitalism. The unit critically examines key political and ethical problems such as global financial crises, global poverty, corporate power, climate change and unaccountable global governance.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of the scholarship and theories of global political economy and the primary political structures and global capitalism

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Exhibit an ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively by verbally debating the key problems facing the operation of global capitalism

GLO2: Communication


Critically assess arguments from a number of sources in order to make an evaluation of problems with respect to global capitalism

GLO4: Critical thinking


Consider the nature of personal relationship with the structures and problems of capitalism and the efforts to promote global justice in this context

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Seminar Exercises 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Ongoing to
week 6
Assessment 2 - Essay 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Weeks 6 to 11
Assessment 3 - Presentation 400 words
or equivalent
10% Week 11
to ongoing

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via AIR200
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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