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.


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.


Politics of Global Finance

This postgraduate course analyses the transformation of the global financial system.

(more details coming coming soon)