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Admission requirements

This course is designed for the minor Global Affairs. It is not possible to follow single courses of this minor. You need to be enrolled in Usis for the minor to be accepted to this course. There are 300 places open for registration, on a first come first serve basis, where LDE students are given priority.

This course is also open for inbound exchange students if they wish to take the entire minor Global Affairs; it is not possible to take single courses from this minor. Exchange students must be admitted by the FGGA International Office prior to the start of the minor; priority will be given to direct exchange partners of FGGA. For more information about the application procedure for exchange students, please contact the FGGA International Office at


This course starts by exploring what the term ‘geo-economics’ entails and how it is linked to economic diplomacy. Centering on the contests between great powers – mainly the United States, EU, China, and Russia – in this course we will assess how countries act differently in linking politics, economics and security by discussing several key areas of the broad field of geo-economics. These include energy security; trade, investment and economic cooperation; and global financial governance. Throughout the course we will seek to answer the question: what are the main tools and primary purposes by which the big powers seek to uphold and/or expand their influence in these fields?

Course objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain and apply the concept of geo-economics and economic diplomacy to current events

  • Discuss the interaction between economics, politics, and security

  • Explain the role of energy and raw materials, as well as of monetary and financial governance, in international relations

  • Outline the most prominent studies in the field of international political economy.


The schedule 2020 will be published asap.

The timetable will be displayed with a link on the website, Brightspace and on the front page of this minor programma.

Mode of instruction

The course will consist of lectures and guest lectures.

The total study load for this course is 140 hours, consisting of:

21 hours for attending lectures
119 hours studying – work on assignments

Participation in lectures, discussions and exercises is required in order to obtain a grade. One lecture may be missed. Being absent more than once may likely lead to expulsion from the course.

Assessment method


  • 25% of total grade

  • Resit not possible

  • Grade can be compensated

Final Exam

  • 75% of total grade

  • Grade must be 5.50 or higher to pass the course

  • Resit possible

  • Resit will take the same form

Students will be permitted to resit the 75% final exam if they have a calculated overall course grade lower than 5.50 or with permission of the Board of Examiners. The essay needs to be compensated.

Late hand in penalty: 0,5 minus per day, and after seven days we do not accept papers any longer.

The Course and Examination Regulation Security Studies and the Rules and Regulation of the Board of Examiners of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs apply.

Please register in Usis for the retake of the exam.

Reading list

TBA on Brightspace


Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course, after registration for the entire minor.
Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. Important information about the course is posted here.
After enrollment for the course in uSis you are also enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.



All sessions will be in English.
Essays need to be written in English.