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Admission requirements

This course forms part of the minor Global Affairs and can thus only be followed as part of the minor or the track. The minor is accessible for bachelor students who have obtained their ‘propedeuse’ and have a keen interest in global affairs, but the level of teaching is most suitable for third-year students, particularly of Political Science, Public Administration, Law and International Studies. If there are any uncertainties about the suitability of your programme and profile to the minor, please do not hesitate to send an email to


This course will start by exploring what the term ‘geo-economics’ entails. The course will start by generally introducing the politics of raw materials and resource nationalism. What kind of fields could we distinguish? This course centres on the contests between great powers, such as the United States, Russia, China and India, for access to natural resources, energy and strategic Sea Lines of Communication. The questions of scarcity of energy and resource conflicts will also be discussed. Students will be taught about major maritime choke points, such as Hormuz and Malacca, but also the decreasing influence of Russia in Central Asia and the consequences of this development.

Course objectives

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

  • Explain and apply the concept of geo-economics

  • Explain the role of energy and raw materials in geopolitics

  • Explain the interaction between economy and security

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


On the Global Affairs frontpage of the E-guide you will find a link to the timetable.

Mode of instruction

The course will consist mainly of lectures.

Assessment method

Essay (25%)
Final exam (75%)

You can find more information about date and location assessments in the timetable.
Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Blackboard.

On the Global Affairs frontpage of the E-guide you will find a link to the timetable, uSis and Blackboard.


Students will be permitted to resit an examination if they have taken the first sit and have a mark lower than 5.5 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

Resit written exam

Students that want to take part in a resit for a written exam, are required to register via uSis. Use the activity number that can be found on the ‘timetable exams’.



Reading list

Cooley, A. (2012), ‘Great Games, Local Rules – The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia’, Oxford
Klare, M.T. (2008), ‘Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet – The New Geopolitics of Energy, Henry Holt & Company

The lecturer reserves the right to add or change the readings before or during the course.


Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course.

Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.

Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.

Contact information

For general questions about the minor Global Affairs:

For specific questions about the course, please contact dr. Sijbren de Jong:


This course can only be taken as part of the minor Global Affairs.