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2019/2020  KAN-CPOLV4003U  Inequality and the global world

English Title
Inequality and the global world

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 100
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Lasse Folke Henriksen - Department of Organization (IOA)
Thomas Poulsen, Mogens K Justesen, Christoph H Ellersgaard, Duncan Wigan and Leonard Seabrooke will also be providing lectures to ensure research-based teaching on the key topics of the course
Main academic disciplines
  • International political economy
  • Sociology
  • Economics
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 25-01-2019

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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:
  • Identify the key concepts and propositions associated with the theoretical approaches that are studied;
  • Critically discuss these theoretical approaches with a clear understanding of differences and relationships between them;
  • Identify the principal features of relevant empirical examples;
  • Relate theories to empirical cases;
  • Draw upon the theoretical approaches so as to pose, discuss and answer research questions in inequality studies
Inequality and the global world:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Group exam
Please note the rules in the Programme Regulations about identification of individual contributions.
Number of people in the group 2-4
Size of written product Max. 20 pages
Assignment type Project
Duration 2 weeks to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course considers the study of inequality across the globe. It draw on approaches from Sociology, Economics and International Political Economy so as to understand the contemporary dynamics of social stratification on a global scale. The course asks how we can conceptualise, understand and explain new patterns of inequality, including the ways in which differences in income and wealth are generated across different spatial and governance scales and across different organizational and group entities. It looks at well-known as well as emerging patterns in the distribution of income and wealth; it addresses explanations for changing distributional dynamics and looks at the political-economic and institutional foundations for current forms of inequality in a global world. The course also points to a series of methodological challenges that students must address in order to grasp the complex stratification dynamics at play in the global political economy and introduces to novel and innovative methods for studying them.

Description of the 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.) 102 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 30 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 74 hours
Further Information

The course is part of theInequality Studies minor. It can be taken as a component of the minor or on a free - standing basis.

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 25-01-2019