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2024/2025  BA-BPOLO1286U  International Political Economy

English Title
International Political Economy

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as 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
  • Duncan Wigan - Department of Organization (IOA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • International political economy
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 15-02-2024

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Learning objectives
  • identify and discuss competing explanations of order and change in the international political economy
  • draw upon course concepts and approaches to reflexively discuss the actions and operations of states under different historical conditions and the broad context in which international businesses operate
  • integrate empirical and theoretical knowledge to respond persuasively to research questions about International Political Economy and explore trade-offs and ambiguities in international governance
  • demonstrate comprehensive and considered engagement with course literature
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
Release of assignment The Assignment is released in Digital Exam (DE) at exam start
Duration 7 days 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
A new exam assignment must be answered. This apply to all students (failed, ill, or otherwise)
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

International Political Economy (IPE) studies how politics shape the global economy and how the global economy impacts politics. As such, its study centers on state-market relations and the key actors that shape them, including international organizations, government actors and multinational corporations. Levels of analysis range from the national to the supranational, with a constant awareness of the multiple interconnections between the global and the local. This course introduces students to classical debates within the subfield, including the international political economy of trade, finance, development and production. It also tackles more recent topics and grand challenges that are key to contemporary debates about globalization from an IPE perspective, including climate change, money and economic inequality. In studying these topics the course brings to bear key theories of, and approaches to IPE such as realism, liberal institutionalism, critical studies, constructivism and historical institutionalism, all of which are deployed to encourage critical but concrete thinking about the myriad trade-offs that constitute the international political economy, as well as the moral and ethical implications thereof. 


In relation to Nordic Nine

International Political Economy provides historical context for the major socioeconomic shifts of the 20th and 21st century, thereby placing business knowledge in a broad and concrete historical backdrop and projecting it into the future (NN1; NN7). It also tackles key socio-political challenges facing political leadres today, including topics such as financial stability, climate change, and the changing nature of labor and production (NN3). In discussing and analyzing these topics it takes a data driven approach, but also highlights the ambiguity and complex trade-offs that characterize these grand challenges (NN2; NN5). Pedagogically, the course incorporates group work and hones critical analytical skills (NN6). 

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures, in-class discussions, group work and seminars.
Feedback during the teaching period
The course offers continuous feedback and establishes an ongoing dialogue with students. Particular feedback includes: direct feedback on small group work in exercise classes; a pass or fail multiple choice in-class quiz that takes place in a lecture sessions; structured peer-feedback on how to respond to essay questions in the final exercise class; engagement via regular office hours in person or online. We also try to offer feedback in response to your questions and work whenever feasible in the classroom, although please appreciate that there are often time constraints. Please feel free to take full advantage of the office hours, 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.) 144 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 38 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 30 hours
Last updated on 15-02-2024