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Course Description

The intertwining of state security and political economy is an old theme in international relations scholarship, which has recently attracted renewed attention, due to growing geopolitical tensions in different parts of the world frequently associated with a range of economic issues and questions. In this course, we review a variety of scholarly approaches to conceptualize the security-economy nexus and then take a closer look at different core domains where this nexus has acquired most salience in recent decades. Themes will include trade, foreign investment and international monetary relations, as well as more specific issues such as infrastructure networks, energy, and the use of economic sanctions.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

 1)     Appreciate the importance of the intertwining of security and political economy for the study of international relations

2)     Engage with theoretical concepts and debates in the study of geoeconomics

3)     Develop a basic understanding of key dimensions of geoeconomics in contemporary international relations

  1. Attendance and active participation (10 % of final grade)
  2. Seminar presentation (25 %)
  3. One reading critique (30 %)
  4. Final essay (35 %)
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