I teach the following subjects at the University of Melbourne:
- POLS90026: International Political Economy – this is a compulsory subject in the Master of International Relations program, co-taught with Andrew Walter
- POLS90012: Trade Policy, Politics and Governance – this is a post-graduate elective offered by the School of Social and Political Sciences
Students who are enrolled in POLS90012: Trade Policy, Politics and Governance might find it helpful to read the World Trade Organization’s “Understanding the WTO” as a primer on the contemporary global trade system.
Students who are enrolled in POLS90026: International Political Economy and who are unfamiliar with the issue area might find it helpful to consult one or more of the following texts in advance:
- Robert O’Brien and Marc Williams, Global Political Economy: Evolution and Dynamics, Palgrave Macmillan, 4th Edition, 2013 [this text offers a good overview of (the historical evolution of) the international political economy]
- Thomas Oatley, International Political Economy: Interest and Institutions in the Global Economy, Pearson, 5th Edition, 2012 [a single author text that provides a good introduction to more recent, mostly rationalist approaches to IPE]
- Robert Gilpin, Global Political Economy: Understanding the International Economic Order, Princeton University Press, 2001 [an update on Gilpin’s 1987 classic IPE text]
Honours/Minor Thesis Supervision
I also supervise students’ research projects in honours or post-graduate minor thesis programs. Students who have been assigned to me for supervision should consult this page.
If you would like to meet, send me an email (jikon.lai AT unimelb.edu.au) to organise an appointment or make a booking online at this site.
I have previously taught the following subjects/courses:
- The Politics and Economics of East Asia and the Pacific
- Development and Change
- International Relations Theory