autumn 2020
STV-2005 Global Political Economy - 10 ECTS

Last changed 01.03.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

This is an optional course, which can contribute towards a Bachelor degree in Political Science as one of the options required at the 2000 level. It can also be taken as an elective course for other Bachelor programmes within the Social Sciences, Law, Fisheries or Humanities.

Previous knowledge at the 1000-level in social science and, in particular, international relations, is recommended.

Admission requirements

Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English.

A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the web site from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). For language requirements we refer to NOKUT's GSU-list.

Application code: 9199 (Nordic applicants).

Course overlap

STATSV-203 International politics 7.5 stp

Course content

The economic relations between countries - and the international regulation of such relations - constitute an important dimension of international or world politics. The course examines theories, which analyse: (i) the general relationship between politics and economics and (ii) the character of international cooperation and institutionalisation in this area. Topics meriting particular attention are: international trade and its regulation; North-South relations; international investment and transnational corporations; environmental management; regionalisation.

Objectives of the course

Students who have successfully completed the course should have achieved the following learning outcomes.


Knowledge and comprehension Students should demonstrate understanding of:

  • The key arguments of important theoretical perspectives on global political economy
  • Ways in which economic activities span national boundaries and how such activities are regulated
  • Central political processes by means of which states, individually and collectively, deal with and manage economic affairs
  • Connections between corporate organisation, finance, trade, environment, regionalisation, and North-South issues.

Skills Students should be able to:

  • Make use of scholarly knowledge to work independently on relevant problems and questions
  • Apply theoretical concepts and ideas to new areas
  • Give an account of international political-economic theories and their contribution to our more general understanding of society.


  • Students should be able independently to develop their own competence and expertise in the field of international political economy. Moreover, they should be able to discuss central questions, analyses and conclusions pertaining to international political economy, in both a scholarly and a more general setting.

Language of instruction


Note, however, that all exam-work can be submitted in either English or Norwegian.

Teaching methods

The course consists of 10 x 2 hours of lectures (20 hours in total).


Quality assurance of the course

This course is evaluated yearly by means of some combination of an anonymous survey and/or discussion with the primary lecturer. The final evaluation will be conducted in either oral or written form.


- One take-home exam: The student is required to write a paper of no more than 2000 words on a given theme within the time-frame of one week. Two students may write together (the word-limit is then extended to 3000 words).


- A 3-hour school-exam.


The final grade is based on a joint evaluation of the take-home exam and the school-exam.

The Grade-scale goes from A (tope score) to E (pass) and F (fail). 

In case of F (fail) a re-sit exam will be arranged for this course the following semester.

Deadline for register for re-sit exams is January 15 for spring semester and August 15 for autumn semester.

Both home and school exam must be submitted.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: STV-2005
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