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2017/2018  BA-BPOLO1232U  Comparative Political Economy

English Title
Comparative Political Economy

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Hubert Buch-Hansen - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • International political economy
Last updated on 22-06-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Understand the key theoretical approaches to different models of capitalism and welfare state regimes in advanced industrialised economies.
  • Apply such theoretical approaches in synchronic and diachronic comparative analyses of different advanced industrialised economies, primarily through research from the student’s independent reading
  • Explain the main trends and dynamics in the transformation of advanced industrial economies and welfare regimes
Comparative Political Economy:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam Written sit-in exam
Assignment type: Written assignment
Duration: 4 hours
Aids:Closed book: no aids
Course content and structure

The course covers the main theoretical approaches in the field of comparative political economy, including the ‘varieties of capitalism’ approach as well as constructivist and critical political economy theories. To assess the strengths and weaknesses of these theoretical approaches they are discussed in relation to concrete advanced industrialised economies.

The course takes both a synchronic and a diachronic comparative perspective on national economic systems, and focuses for instance on how various external pressures upon such systems are mediated by domestic actors.

The course also covers the transformation of the welfare state and different ways of classifying and comparing welfare regimes. Finally various concrete policy areas and topics of relevance to state-business relations are dealt with in a comparative perspective.

Teaching methods
Feedback during the teaching period
Brief meeting (/short feedback by e-mail) on home assignment topic as well as brief written explanation of final grade (upon request).
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 76 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 32 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 100 hours
Expected literature

Important: You must read the Essential Readings prior to the lectures in order to engage in discussions!

Last updated on 22-06-2017