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Admission requirements

This course is part of the minor Global Affairs and can thus only be followed as part of this minor.


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 the 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.



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. Please register in Usis for the exam.

Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Blackboard.

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

Compensation rule: Only assessments with the weight of 30% and lower are compensable. This means that one does not have to pass an assessment if it weighs 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 less than 30%, one is not allowed to redo it.

Retake: in order to redo the paper, you need to hand-in the first paper. In order to retake the exam, you need to have participated in the first exam. Students will be permitted to re-do the paper and/or retake the exam if they have a mark between 3 and 5,4 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

Please register in Usis for the retake of the exam.


Blackboard will be used.

Reading list

Will be made available via Blackboard.




Dr. Maaike Okano-Heijmans


All sessions will be in English.
Papers need to be written in English.
The exam is in English.