Teaching

Introduction to International Political Economy

This introductory undergraduate course introduces the sub-discipline of International Political Economy (IPE). The field of IPE does not have a clear, universally agreed set of concerns, assumptions, or theoretical underpinnings but has rather been characterised as a ‘field of inquiry’, ‘set of questions’ or ‘area of investigation’ exploring the inter-relationships between politics and the economy in an international context. How does the global (political) economy work, and for whose benefit? The course examines empirical developments and challenges in IPE, contemporary issues related to: global trade, production, multinational corporations, consumption, finance, economic crises, development, digitisation, climate change and national/global capitalism(s). Whether it be the US-China trade war, the costs and profits from climate change, or the instability of global financial markets, this course aims to develop an ability to analyse, compare and critically evaluate fundamental assumptions and arguments about the ways in which political and economic spheres are globally connected.

You can check out the syllabus here.

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China and the Global Political Economy

This advanced undergraduate course analyses China’s changing role in the contemporary global political economy. China has become central for how global capitalism functions. The aim of this course is to critically analyse China’s rise and impact on the global economic system. In part 1, the course provides an overview of China’s socio-economic system, its economic transformation (reform and opening) as well as the characteristics and development of Chinese capitalism. In part 2, the seminar explores in detail China’s integration into and changing role within the global economy. Thereby, China is placed into the center of the analysis of the global economic system, investigating China’s changing role in areas such as global finance, trade, production, consumption or digitisation.

From global value chains, China’s role as factory of the world, the advent and decline of the Chimerica-constellation, China’s rise in development finance, the US-China trade war to reshaping global infrastructure and trade flows through the Belt and Road Initiative, the course aims to develop an ability to analyse, compare and critically evaluate fundamental assumptions and arguments about the ways in which the global economy functions. Thereby, the course moves away from a purely Eurocentric perspective on the global economy by building on both ‘Western’ and Chinese scholarship and perspectives, enabling students to gain a more nuanced understanding of China’s changing global role and its implications. Basic knowledge in IPE is essential for this course.

You can check out the syllabus here.

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Politics of Global Finance

This postgraduate course analyses the (changing) politics of global finance. The global financial system, its governance and how it conveys power in the global political economy have been important research topics in International Political Economy (IPE). However, since the global financial crisis (2007-2009), the global financial system has been subject to multiple shifts that require closer analysis. How has the role of central banks changed through quantitative easing? Are stock exchanges really just marketplaces? Does finance function differently in non-Western countries? Are banks still the masters of the universe?

Addressing these and other questions, the course examines empirical developments and conceptual innovations in the politics of global finance since the global financial crisis. The course first discusses the historical development of the global financial system and introduces theoretical concepts for its study such as structural power, private authority, financial hierarchies or market infrastructures. Second, the course analyses shifts in global finance such as the emergence of important financial actors, changing practices in global markets, their interlinkages and post-crisis implications, including (but not limited to): the transformation of banks, the rise of non-bank actors investors, the growing importance of emerging markets, the shift towards passive investing or the advent of high-frequency trading. Through an exploration of these topics, the course aims to address central IPE questions about the politics of global finance: Who holds power in global financial markets? How is this power exercised? Are the loci of power shifting? And who benefits from this setup?

You can check out the syllabus here.

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Concepts and Methods in International Relations

This postgraduate course explores key concepts and methodological approaches in the discipline of International Relations.

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