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2014/2015  KAN-CMLMV1050U  Globalisation: Economic and socio-political effects on less developed countries

English Title
Globalisation: Economic and socio-political effects on less developed countries

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 30
Max. participants 35
Study board
Study Board for MA in International Business Communication
Course coordinator
  • Carlos Salas Lind - MSC
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • International Political Economy
  • International Politics
  • Political Science
Last updated on 11-04-2014
Learning objectives
At the end of the course, students must be able to:
  • Apply relevant concepts and theories in the discussion of globalisation and developmental strategies
  • Identify the defining characteristics of the economic challenges less developed countries are facing in a globalising economy.
  • Discuss and assess the economic debate in less developed countries in a precise way.
  • Assess competing economic strategies in a globalising (and converging) economy.
  • Identify the main characteristics of economic systems in the Bric countries
  • Assess the similarities and differences in the economic strategies pursued by BRIC-countries the last two decades.
  • Critically assess the challenges less developed countries face in a globalising economy.
Course prerequisites
Students must have BA-level knowledge of economics, history and politics of less developed countries. For example countries of the Americas or Asia and/or Africa'. Students must have knowledge of economics, history and politics of less developed countries. For example countries of the Americas or Asia and/or Africa.
Written exam:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 3 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period December/January and May/June
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below and the exam plan/guidelines for further information:
  • Books and compendia brought by the examinee
  • Notes brought by the examinee
  • Allowed bodies of laws
  • Allowed dictionaries
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
The written exam is held immediately after the ordinary exam period. After that, the exam cannot be taken until the next ordinary exam.
Description of the exam procedure
The exam consists of a number of questions which are to be answered in the form of essays.
Course content and structure
On the one hand, special emphasis is on an in-depth analysis of the factors that may have made it possible for some countries to experience robust economic progress after implementing pro-free market economic policies. The Brick-economies will be the main study cases. On the other hand, the attention will also be placed on less developed countries which have decided to challenge the dynamics of a globalising economy by retaking a more nationally oriented economic approach to development. Special attention will be put on Argentina and Venezuela’s economic and political development the last two decades.
Teaching methods
The course uses lectures and group activities. All teaching is in English (as well as reading and audio visual material). Requirements for the course are reading all the texts in a timely manner. Active participation in class discussion and vivid debate are also highly expected.
Further Information
Changes in course schedule may occur
Tuesday 13.30-15.10, week 36-41, 43-48
Expected literature
Course texts:
1.    O'Brien, Robert and Williams, Marc 2013: “Global Political Economy”, 4th Edition. (Palgrave Macmillan).
2.    Edwards, Sebastian 2010. Left Behind: Latin America and The False Promise of Populism. The University of Chicago Press. Chapters 1, 7 and 9.
Supplementary study material:
Newspaper, journal articles and audio-visual material (DVD)
Last updated on 11-04-2014