Course description

Global Politics: International Political Economy and World Trade


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.

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.

Learning outcome 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.

Exam organisation

  • Presentation: 15%
  • Written assignment: 15%
  • Written assignment: 70%