Students will be able to demonstrate mastery of the theoretical foundations of international and European political economy, as well as related foundations of comparative political economy, and apply it to the analysis of foreign policy, global governance, international institutions and their outcomes. Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking, the basics of theory development and testing, data collection and analysis, concise writing and presentation. More specific goals are:
- Students will be able to demonstrate mastery of the theoretical foundations of international and European political economy, and apply it to the analysis of foreign policy, global governance, international bargaining, institutions and public policy at the international level.
- Students will be able to demonstrate mastery of the linkages between international political economy and comparative (national) political economies.
- Students should be able to identify and analyze the relevant political, economic, social and security structures that govern international relations, the effects of those structures on individual countries, and the agency of political actors that support, resist and promote alternatives to them.
- Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of concrete international challenges, of combining economic development and welfare with economic, social and environmental sustainability, and of dealing with problematic power relations between countries.
- Students will be able to demonstrate competence in the basics of research design, theory development and testing. This includes operationalizing international relations, global governance and comparative systems of public governance that are connected to them, combining inductive and deductive research methods, and the application of congruence analysis.
- Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking and debate, concise writing and presentation.
- Each week has two interactive lectures, analyzing and discussing reading material and topics.
- Each week aims at critically evaluating research questions, research design, theory testing and empirical analysis research for theories of international and European political economy.
- 2 short assignments based on readings 50%
- Research paper 50%
Week 1: Introduction
Session 1: World Order, Global Governance, Threats to Security
Session 2: Crash course in IR theory, EU theory (for those without)
Week 2: World Order: American Hegemony and the Regions in World Security
Session 3: Politics between states (systemic theories)
Session 4: Domestic Sources of IR & the Politics of Failed States
Week 3: Power, Security, Institutions & Influence
Session 5 Power, Security
Session 6 Do Global Institutions Matter?
Week 4: Global Governance I: formal institutions and embedded liberalism
Session 7: Global Governance I: formal institutions and embedded liberalism
Week 5: Global Governance II: formal & informal institutions and neoliberalism
Session 8: Neoliberalism
Session 9: Informal and Formal Institutions in Global Governance
Week 6: Global Governance III: transformational issues alongside neoliberalism
Session 10: Transforming neoliberalism
Session 11: Transforming issues
Week 7: Regional Associations and Integration
Session 12: The EU
Session 13: Regions as Blocs or Stepping Stones to Global Governance
Week 8: Future Challenges (open)