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2020/2021  KAN-CPOLO1802U  Applied International Political Economy

English Title
Applied 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
Teaching methods
  • Online teaching
Last updated on 20-08-2020

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Learning objectives
  • Explain 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;
  • Explain the main features of the empirical examples studied in the course;
  • Relate theories to empirical cases and draw practical implications
  • 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 that provided by the IBP bachelor program are strongly encouraged to attend the dedicated IPE introductory sessions that will be offered at the start of the course. Students wishing to attend these sessions will be asked to read selected chapters from an IPE textbook (TBA) and prepare to discuss them in class.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see s. 13 of the Programme Regulations): 1
Compulsory home assignments
The mandatory assignment is a 5 page 72-hour take home set assignment.
The mandatory assignment must be approved for the student to participate in the final exam.

Feedback on the assignment will be provided in class.

If the mandatory assignment is not approved or there has been documented illness a second assignment (5 page, 72 hour) will be offered before the ordinary exam takes place.

Please note that to submit the retake mandatory assignment it is a precondition that the student has made a valid attempt in the set activity, unless it can be documented that the lack of submission/participation was caused by illness or similar circumstances.

More information on prerequisites for participating in the exam: compulsory activities can be found in the MSc IBP Programme Regulations §13.1-5.
Applied 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-point grading 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)
Description of the exam procedure

Students will have 3 weeks to complete the exam.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course theme is how interactions between business, 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 and practical implications. The purpose is to provide an in-depth understanding of these debates and facilitate hands-on applications to real-world situations, in view of building a solid foundation for engaging in research, evidence-based policy-making and strategy.


Description of the teaching methods
Each session will be divided in two main parts: 1) a lecture covering the main theoretical and analytical aspects related to the topic at hand; and 2) group work on specific case studies and practical implications (which could include discussion sessions, simulations, gaming and/or role-play), followed by a plenary discussion and feedback.
Feedback during the teaching period
We seek to offer feedback in response to your questions and work whenever feasible during lecture sessions, but please appreciate that there are often time constraints.

For those who do not have a previous foundation in IPE, the preliminary sessions of the course are explicitly designed to provide feedback on the main tenets and thematic fields of the discipline. These sessions are also open to students who have taken IPE courses before, but feel they need a short refresher.

The most important venue for in-class feedback will be during the dedicated discussion sessions.

Furthermore, students are encouraged 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.
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 Canvas or to be downloaded from the Internet or via the CBS Library.

Last updated on 20-08-2020