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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, EU, 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, China’s Silk Road, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the compatibility between these two initiatives.

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.


To be announced by OSC staff.

Mode of instruction

The course will consist mainly of lectures.

Course Load

The total study load for this course is 140 hours, consisting of: *14 hours for attending lectures *126 hours studying – work on assignments

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.

*Re-sit rule: 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’. In order to sit in the re-sit, you need to take the first exam. If you are absent in the first exam, you will not be able to sit in the re-sit. Students will be permitted to re-sit the paper if they have a mark between 3 and 5,4 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

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

*Compensation rules: Only assessments with the weight of 30% and lower are compensable. This means that one does not have to pass an assessment if it weights less than 30% in order to pass the course, if the average of all assessments combined is at least a 5.5. In addition, assignments with less than 30% are not re-sitable, meaning that if one failed an assessment of 30%, one is not allowed to redo it.



Reading list



To be announced by OSC staff.


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.
All sessions and workshops will be in English.
All assignments need to be written in English.