The Politics and Economics of International Relations, 7.5 credits (733A42)

The Politics and Economics of International Relations, 7.5 hp

Main field of study

Political Science


Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


Lars Niklasson

Course coordinator

Lars Niklasson

Director of studies or equivalent

Mariana S Gustafsson
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
F7MER International and European Relations, Master´s Programme - First and main admission round 1 (Autumn 2020) v202044-202048 English Linköping o
F7MER International and European Relations, Master´s Programme - Second admission round (open only for Swedish/EU students) 1 (Autumn 2020) v202044-202048 English Linköping o

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in International and European Relations

Entry requirements

Applicants must, by the closing date for application, hold a bachelor's degree/kandidatexamen (equivalent for example a professional degree) of at least 180 ECTS credits in Political Science, Economics, History, Sociology or another discipline relevant for the course. In-depth study of at least 90 ECTScredits (3 semesters of full-time study) in the major subject is required, including a paper corresponding to approximately 10 weeks of study (15 ECTS). Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • display knowledge of the historical development of the contemporary world economy as well as international capitalism;
  • account for the interplay between economics and politics in the modern day world arena;
  • critically analyse the main theories of international capitalism and development.

Course content

The course covers the following areas:

  • main theories of international capitalism and development;
  • global economic transformation in the late twentieth century;
  • the international politics of trade, monetary and financial relations, foreign direct investments, and development aid;
  • the role of regional and international institutions and organisations in matters related to international trade, finance, and development.

Teaching and working methods

The course offers lectures which introduce and develop the content of the course. Lectures are complementary to the literature. Seminars and workshops are important aspects of the learning process and provide opportunities for mutual, critical discussions which develop attitudes and skills. Students are expected to be well prepared for lectures and to have completed assigned preparations for seminars. Students are expected to read and take in the literature independently and/or in self-organized reading groups. Language of instruction is English.

Activities which constitute elements of examination are mandatory.


The course is examined through active participation in seminars and an individual course paper. Detailed information can be found in the course’s study guide.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling


O'Brien, Robert, Williams, Marc, (2016) Global political economy : evolution & dynamics. 5th revised and updated edition. 2016

ISBN: 1137523115,9781137523112


Supplementary articles will be added to the literature list and specified in the course guide.

Additional literature


Glenn, John, (2007) Globalization : North-South perspectives. London : Routledge, 2007

ISBN: 9780415250962,041525096X,9780415250979,0415250978

Rudra, Nita, (2008) Globalization and the race to the bottom in developing countries : who really gets hurt? Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008

ISBN: 0521715032,9780521715034,0521886988,9780521886987

Walter, Andrew, Sen, Gautam, (2009) Analyzing the global political economy. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, cop. 2009

ISBN: 9780691139593,9780691139586,069113958X

Williams, David, (2012) International development and global politics : history, theory and practice. London : Routledge, 2012

ISBN: 9780415489362,0415489369,9780415489379,0415489377,9780203804414,0203804414

SEMI Seminars EC 2.5 credits
TENT Examination EC 5 credits

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