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2011/2012  BA-POL_VPCI  Professional Competition in the International Political Economy

English Title
Professional Competition in the International Political Economy

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn . Spring
Changes in course schedule may occur Wednesday 9.50-12.25, week 5-14
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc in Service Management
Course Coordinator
  • Leonard Seabrooke - Department for Business and Politics
Secretary Mette Grue Nielsen - mgn.dbp@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Political leadership, public management and international politics
  • Economic and organizational sociology
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
The course’s development of personal competences:
1. Evaluate and discuss a broad range of issues and topics concerning professions in the international political economy.
2. Develop research skills through individual and group project work.
3. Develop an understanding of different qualitative and quantitative methods as it applies to the study of professions.

1. To examine the changing environment for private and public sector professionals in the international political economy.
2. To develop an understanding of professions in the fields of International Political Economy and Organizational Sociology.
3. To develop a understanding of professions and professionalism in international politics and international business.
Oral exam based on synopsis
Oral exam based on synopsis:
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period Spring Term
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Course Content

Who writes the rules for the governance of the world economy? In answering this question our minds may immediately turn towards international organizations, multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations and lobbying interests at the national, regional, and international levels. This course suggests that while all these answers to who should claim authorship over global economic governance are correct, they are only partial answers that hide more complex phenomena: professional competition. Professionals of various types fight over how to define problems in business and in government, they compete for prestige over who should regulate, and they network with their peers to maintain control and increase their market share. This course introduces students to the literature on professions and how it is understand in Sociology and International Political Economy. The course introduces students to the a range of themes concerning professions and professionalism, as well as various ways to study professions as actors and as institutions. The course also places professions in context, especially with regard to trends in international business and international regulation.

Teaching Methods

Recommended literature:

Freidson, Eliot (2001) Professionalism: The Third Logic, Cambridge: Polity.

MacDonald, Keith M. (1995) The Sociology of Professions, London: Sage.

Braithwaite, John and Peter Drahos (2000), Global Business Regulation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Djelic, Marie-Laure and Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson (2006), Transnational Governance: Institutional Dynamics of Regulation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.