Selected Issues: Transnational Political Economy


Course Objective

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding - The student has acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) major empirical developments in transnational political economy;
(2) the epistemological issues involved in International Relations
(pertaining to both theory and method)

Application - The student has acquired the competences to:
(3) recognize the policy relevance of the results of political research
as well as detecting pitfalls and shortcomings;
(4) develop a sound research design.

Making judgments – The student is able to demonstrate:
(5) critical theoretical and normative reflection on research results.

Learning skills – The student has acquired:
(6) enhanced academic writing skills, reporting on research as well as
providing structured feedback.
(7) skills in leading and structuring a discussion, debating, collecting
relevant literature, present key findings and set up and conduct group

Course Content

This course deals with a key field of International Relations (IR).
Traditionally, the field of IR was subdivided in the fields of
international security and international political economy. As a
consequence of major transformations of the international system (end of
the Cold War, globalization, the rise of new great powers, climate
change), the boundaries between these subfields have blurred. In this
course the focus is on transnational political economy. We will deal
with the general framework through which transnational affairs are dealt
with (e.g. international regimes, global governance), and with a number
of specific issues (e.g. rise of China and emerging markets,
international finance, energy and environmental security) partly
depending on students’ inputs. In each case, students are challenged to
explore the ways in which the boundaries between economic and politics
in a transnational setting are transcended; seemingly "economic" issues
are actually highly political in nature and are often the cause of
conflict and struggle (sometimes violent) between and within states.

Teaching Methods

Interactive seminars

Method of Assessment

Participation (35%), final paper (65%) (both must graded with at least
a 5.5 to pass)


To be announced in the course manual (see CANVAS)

Target Audience

Students in the Master Political Science (mandatory course for students
in the track International Relations and Transnational Governance.
Elective course for students in the other tracks).
Also open as an elective course for students in the Master Educatie in
de Mens- en Maatschappijwetenschappen and Exchange Students.

General Information

Course Code S_SITPE
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator prof. dr. E.B. van Apeldoorn
Examiner prof. dr. E.B. van Apeldoorn
Teaching Staff prof. dr. E.B. van Apeldoorn
dr. J.M. Hoye

Practical Information

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