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2021/2022  BA-BPOLV2011U  After Trump: the US and the Global Economy

English Title
After Trump: the US and the Global Economy

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
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, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Edward Ashbee - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • International political economy
  • Political Science
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 03-02-2021

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Learning objectives
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate the key institutional features of the US political system
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate the relevant concepts and theories used in the study of US domestic and foreign policymaking
  • Relate concepts and theories to empirical evidence
  • Analyze and evaluate the US’s changing position in the global economy.
  • Construct and sustain coherent and structured arguments in a well-reasoned manner using frameworks, approaches and methods drawn from the social sciences and based upon an understanding of competing perspectives.
After Trump: the US and the Global 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 7 days to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Autumn and Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

 The examination paper will offer a choice of questions drawn from the syllabus. Sample questions will be published ahead of the exam and will be considered in an assignment workshop. 

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course will consider the institutional building blocks of the US political system and the ways in which these shape the character of policymaking processes. There will be a particular focus on the making of economic and social policy and the openings that business interests can use to influence and shape political outcomes. Students will also be introduced to different theoretical frameworks that are - or can be - employed  in the study of US politics. On this basis the course then turns to look at the US’s role in the global economy. It will consider the different actors involved in the making of foreign policy and the character of the US relationships with both China and the European Union. It will ask about the extent to which Donald Trump’s years in office have changed the US and its standing across the world. Has the US been weakened or strengthened? Are allies now more self-sufficient? Or have other powers gained ground thereby weakening the west? Are global supply chains under threat? Has protectionism become the "new normal"? Is the US being surpassed as global "hegemon"? And, insofar as there have been changes, are these likely to be temporary or enduring shifts?     

Description of the teaching methods
The course will be structured around interactive classes with opportunities for questions and student contributions. All students will be asked to participate fully. We will encourage the formation of study groups so that the assigned reading is approached collectively and there is a basis for activity outside of the classroom.
Feedback during the teaching period

The course incorporates a voluntary feedback assignment which will provide a basis for interactive discussion about course themes on a collective and individual basis. There will also be an assignment workshop to ensure that students approach the examination assignment in a considered and structured way. Furthermore, students are encouraged to form study groups consisting of 4-5 students. Each such study group will be offered a staff office hours session so as to ‘test’ ideas and engage in dialogue.
Student workload
Preparation time (assigned readings, group work etc) 140 hours
Classes and workshops 36 hours
Exam (including exam preparation) 45 hours
Expected literature

Edward Ashbee, US Politics Today (4th edition) (Manchester University Press, 2019)


Michael Cox and Doug Stokes, US Foreign Policy (3rd edition) (Oxford University Press, 2018)


Edward Ashbee, The Trump Revolt (Manchester University Press, 2017)

Last updated on 03-02-2021