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2010/2011  KAN-1CCT  Classical and contemporary thinkers in international political economy

English Title
Classical and contemporary thinkers in international political economy

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Course Period First Quarter
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc in International Business
Course Coordinator
  • Morten Ougaard - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management
Main Category of the Course
  • International Political Economy

Taught under Open University-Taught under open university.
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
After having followed the course the students should be able to:
  • Describe, explain, compare and assess key features of classical and modern IPE theories
  • Use theories to formulate and justify relevant research questions in international political economy
  • Produce coherently argued answers to such research questions
Individual research paper, max 12 pages
Exam Period May/June
Re-exam: Individual research paper, max 12 pages
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

The course covers the main theoretical traditions in the analysis of international political economy and their modern successors. It presents classical thinkers from liberal, mercantilist and critical perspectives and relates them to contemporary international
CCT 2010 Course Plan.docx 2
developments and current theoretical discussions. Thus it traces the intellectual roots of contemporary scholarly debates on globalization, with a view to comparing and critically assessing recent theoretical contributions and examining the ways in which globalization challenges the relevance and explanatory value of different theoretical perspectives. Throughout the course will focus on central enduring themes: i) the driving forces of societal development: politics or markets? State or businesses? ii) the tension between national and international politics, iii) the political consequences of economic internationalization, iv) National politics versus cosmopolitan politics, and v) internationalization versus globalization. The course aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of classical and modern theories and their skills to critically discuss, assess, and use such theories in the analysis of international business and politics/international political economy.

Teaching Methods
Lectures and class discussions

- Reader: Classical and Contemporary Thinkers in International Political Economy (Buy in SL books). - Texts to be downloaded from the Sitescape folder 2010/11 Fall: Classical Thinkers …(subfolder on texts in the left side) as stated in the course plan below. - Text by Friedrich List to be downloaded from the internet, as stated in course plan.