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Admission requirements

This course is designed for the minor Global Affaires. 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 180 places open for registration, on a first come first serve basis, where LDE students are given priority.


This course will familiarise students with the concepts Geo-Economics, Economic Diplomacy and resource nationalism. Students will assess the politics of raw materials and resource nationalism. This course centres on the contests between great powers, such as the United States, EU, Russia, China and India, for access to natural resources and energy. The questions of scarcity of energy and resource conflicts will also be discussed. Students will study the importance of economic policies in international relations and study, for instance, trade policies, sanctions and protectionist measure. Moreover, students will study international financial governance and international financial institutions.

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.


The timetable will be displayed with a link on the website, blackboard and on the front page of this minor programma. The schedule 2018 will be published asap.

Mode of instruction

The course will consist of lectures and guest 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

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

  • 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.

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.


Blackboard will be used.

Reading list

TBA on Blackboard.


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.



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