La rentrée des classes

Nous voilà déjà lundi 2 Février, et c’est donc la rentrée des classes, place au second semestre, avec des cours encore plus passionnants:

–> Civil Wars: the course will discuss the basic elements of what causes civil war, what influences how it develops and what makes for a possible resolution. The course will introduce the theoretical understanding of these aspects as well as apply this understanding on specific cases of current and past civil wars. Students are expected to present prepared case studies of civil wars in class.

–> Globalization, rising powers and emerging markets: the course focuses on the development of emerging powers and emerging markets in the current context of globalization. It addresses theoretical issues of the impact of emerging powers on world order. It gives case analysis on the political influence and role as well as the market characteristics and significance of emerging markets and powers. The emphasis is on the three biggest national cases China, India and Brazil. Other examples from Africa har included. Actors such as states, businesses and NGO’s are discussed in the context of the themes mentioned. The course fits into the study programmes of DIR and ES in numerous ways, e.g. as exemplification of political change and market based changes at the global level of contextual relevance to the two course programs in their entirety.

–> Español 3: el objetivo del curso es mejorar la gramática y ampliar el vocabulario de los alumnos en su expresión oral y escrita a través de debates sobre temas culturales hispanoamericanos. El curso es en español. Para alcanzar el objetivo vamos a trabajar en forma grupal e individual, en clase y en casa.

–> International Political Economy: 

(First part)

Lecture 1 introduces the historical evolution of “political economy”, i.e. the emergence of capitalist mode of production in Europe and itsoverseas expansion. It emphasizes the importance of conceptualizing thecapitalist mode of production and its logic (the power of market/capital andthe power of marketization) and of understanding the development ofmarket capitalism in Europe that has been characterized by a dual process:unanticipated origin (cultural and historical) and anticipated progress (political economy). It is the political economy of European capitalism has expanded to become the political economy of international relations.

Lecture 2 focuses on the “political economy” of the international order in the aftermath of the Second World War. It also discusses the transformations of the politicale conomy of international relations brought about by the intensification ofglobalization and transnational capitalism in which the terrain and parameters of economic and political relations both at thenational and the international levels are being shaped and reshaped, exertingpressure on the conventional understanding of the resiliency capacities ofcapitalism.

Lecture 3 discusses the political economy and the transformationof the major international economic institutions, such as the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO.

(Second part)

The purpose of the second part of the course is to give students an up-to-date insight into theories about the dynamics of competing schools of thought in international political economy (IPE) and a number of chosen inter-disciplinary topics related to development. Theis section of the course identifies the most important actors and institutions with a critical focus on the interaction of ideology, politics and economics.

Lecture 4 gives a detailed exploration about the nexus between the two discplines: Development Studies and international relations – it explores conceptual and methodological ways to combine the two and also argue cases where it is not possible

Lecture 5 critiques in IPE and the South debates the hegemony of neo-classical economics and gives a detailed discussion about its dissemination through International Financial Institutions

(Third part)

This part focuses particularly on development economics within an IPE context. Traditional economic approaches as well as political economy approaches to economic development are presented. A particular attention will be given to different understandings of the roles of institutions in economic development as well as to the relationship between economic development and human development.

Lecture 6 surveys the historical development of the discipline of development economics and some of its the important debates.

Lecture 7 focuses on markets and institutions in economic development.

Lecture 8 focuses on different ways of understanding development and in particular on the relations between economic and human development.

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