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2017/2018  KAN-CPOLO1040U  International Political Economy

English Title
International Political Economy

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Leonard Seabrooke - 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:
  • Describe the key concepts and propositions of the theoretical approaches studied;
  • Critically analyze, compare and discuss various theories with a clear understanding of differences and relations between them;
  • Describe the main features of the empirical examples studied in the course;
  • Relate theories to empirical cases;
  • Draw upon the theories to pose, discuss and answer research questions in international political economy, in accordance with the expected academic standards of the IBP programme
Course prerequisites
This is not an introductory course to international political economy, but while not a formal requirement, successful participation requires a foundation in this discipline. Students without a foundation in IPE similar to what is provided by the IBP bachelor program are strongly recommended to read, before course start, at minimum a textbook in IPE, such as for instance:
• O’Brien, Robert and Williams, Marc 2013. Global Political Economy. Evolution and Dynamics. Fourth Edition, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
International 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 Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
A new exam assignment must be answered. This applies to all students (failed, ill, or otherwise)
Course content and structure

Course content

The course theme is how interactions between businesses, national and international political institutions, and non-governmental organizations shape or impact the governance of international business. It is an advanced and specialized course in international political economy that focuses on the research frontier in selected topics within the course theme, emphasizing both theoretical debates and innovations, and research-based empirical results. The purpose is to provide an in-depth understanding of these theoretical and empirical debates and research results and through this to provide a solid foundation for engaging in independent research projects in the field.


Teaching methods
Lectures and discussions
Feedback during the teaching period
We seek to offer feedback in response to your questions and work whenever feasible, but please appreciate that there are often time constraints. Please feel free to take full advantage of the office hours offered by full-time staff members, although these can never be a substitute for participation in lectures and classes. We also encourage you to ask questions or make comments in class and form self-study groups to secure peer feedback on your work.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 105 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 28 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 75 hours
Expected literature

There is no textbook for the course. The readings consist of journal articles, papers, and book chapters, made available on Learn or to be downloaded from the Internet or via the CBS Library.

Last updated on 22-06-2017