GRA 5914 Global Politics: International Political Economy and World Trade

GRA 5914 Global Politics: International Political Economy and World Trade

Course code: 
GRA 5914
Department: 
Law and Governance
Credits: 
6
Course coordinator: 
Nick Sitter
Marit Sjøvaag
Product category: 
Master
Portfolio: 
MSc in Business - Elective course
Semester: 
2019 Autumn
Active status: 
Active
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

This course focuses on global politics and the processes of globalisation that drive change in international regimes for trade, security, sovereignty, sustainability and economic develoment.

The course addresses international developments since the end of the Cold War, and– more specifically trends and patterns related to democratisation, economic growth and trade as well as stability or change in international relations. It covers theories of international relations (IR), and addresses the great questions of international political economy, including the ‘end of history’ thesis, the relationship between democracy and economic growth/stability, developments in world trade and efforts to build sustainable international institutions to regulate this.

This is an introductory international political economy course and requires no previous knowledge of the subject.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The course provides students with tools and frameworks for analysing current debates and controversies related to central global issues, including the sustainability challenge and global trade, as well as current debates on the design and operation of international organisations. This includes the main institutions that have been established to liberalise (GATT) and manage (WTO) world trade, as well as issues such as climate change (Paris accord and the sustainable development goals). Other international organisations related to democracy, security and human rights are also addressed.

Learning outcomes - Skills

Students will be able to engage critically with the research-based literature in international relations and international political economy.

Students will be able to analyze international and global political, economic and social institutions and organizations, the relationship between them, and the dynamics of stability and change.

Students will be applying analytical tools and empirical knowledge to practical problems in new settings related to global politics.

Students will gain experience in identifying and assessing policy problems, choosing appropriate analytical tools and applying them to current issues in global politics, IR, IPP and IPE.

General Competence

Students will be able to assess and evaluate international public policy options and actual policies in terms of both efficiency and justice.

Students will be in a position to assess the economic, ethical, social and political dimensions of international and global public policy, and to evaluate it in term of norms such as the rule of law, transparency, accountability and legitimacy.

Students will be able to adopt a multi-level (national, regional and global) perspective on political economy and public policy and understand the parameters within which global and international policies are developed and implemented at the national level.

Course content
  1. Stability and change in international relations since the end of the Cold War, and International Relations theory
  2. Globalisation and new patterns of international politics
  3. International Political Economy and International Public Policy
  4. International trade, free trade and development; international regimes and regulation
  5. The sustainability challenge; energy policy and innovation
  6. Global and regional governance; The EU, security policy and international trade
  7. Norway'’s changing links with the EU, and her participation in international institutions.
Teaching and learning activities

The 12 three-hour lectures consist of lectures, student presentations, and class discussions based around scenario analyses with which students are encouraged to engage. Students' varied experiences are used to give depth to class discussions.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded by using points on a scale from 0-100. The components will be weighted together according to the information in the course description in order to calculate the final letter grade for the examination code (course). Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam elements will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the point system and the cut off points with reference to the letter grades when the course starts.

At resit, all exam components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course.

Qualifications

All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Presentation
Exam code:
GRA59141
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
15No -Group ( 2 - 3) Presentation
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA59141
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
15No1 Semester(s)Individual Assignment
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA59141
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
70No1 Semester(s)Group/Individual ( 1 - 3)Term paper
Exams:
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Presentation
Weight:15
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (2-3)
Duration: -
Comment: Presentation
Exam code:GRA59141
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:15
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:Assignment
Exam code:GRA59141
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:70
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:Term paper
Exam code:GRA59141
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
ECTS
Total weight: 
100