Introduction to International Political Economy
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Course moduleMAN-BCU329
Credits (ECTS)6
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Nijmegen School of Management; Bachelor Political Science;
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D.J. DeRock
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D.J. DeRock
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D.J. DeRock
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D.J. DeRock
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prof. dr. J.A. Verbeek
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Academic year2022
1-2  (05/09/2022 to 29/01/2023)
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Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
At the end of this course, students will be able to
  • understand and explain the relationship between global, regional, national, and local policies
  • understand and explain the relationship between transnational and international actors and institutions in various policy fields (finance, trade, development, labor, environment)
  • understand and explain the basics of international political economy theories
  • apply international political economy theories to empirical cases
  • plan and execute an independent research project
  • relate their research results to theoretical perspectives
  • present their research results as well as its theoretical implications in a research paper
In this course, students will learn how to analyse the causes and consequences of globalisation in the light of international political economy theories.
Is globalisation a buzzword or real-world phenomenon? Since the 1990s, the notion of globalisation has become popular both in the media and in public discourse. The perceived increase of global interrelatedness serves as a shorthand explanation for a broad range of economic, social, cultural and environmental developments as well as a convenient justification of why the associated problems cannot be easily solved. At the same time, however, critical voices imply that intense interdependencies on a global scale are hardly anything new, at least from an historical perspective.
Thus, how should we understand globalisation, if it exists? In this course, the concept of increasing global interrelatedness is discussed both as a contingent result as well as a potential cause for socially relevant developments on a regional, national and local level. The course deals with various case studies from the fields of finance, trade, welfare and the environment. Where can we observe globalisation? How can we explain its emergence and its consequences? Who are the decisive actors and institutions, which are the relevant mechanisms, and which scope conditions have to be taken into account? In order to gain insight into the roles of national governments, international organisations, and business as well as civil society actors, the course discusses the causes, processes, and consequences of globalisation from various international political economy perspectives.

Kindly note: This course will only be offered as an online (distance-learning) course.
Ba 3 PM
Presumed foreknowledge
All students are expected to be already acquainted with the basics of social science research methods. Only students from the Nijmegen School of Management are exempted from this prerequirement.
Test information
Paper (60%) and 2 shorter written assignments (40%). Partial results remain valid for one year if you do not pass the course.
Online course.
Ba 3 PM

Required materials
Literature list
A reading list will be announced on Brightspace.
Title:International Political Economy
Author:Oatley, Thomas

Instructional modes

Preparation of meetings
Students are expected to read the assigned literature.

Live lectures will be recorded as web-lectures and thus available as distance learning

Online (distance-learning) lectures
Type of instructional modeWeblecture

Preparation of meetings
Students are expected to read the assigned literature.

All lectures will be available both in-person and online. Live lectures will be recorded and added to Brightspace.

Test weight1
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock 2, Block 3

2 short reflection papers (20% each)
1 literature review essay (60%)