M.A. Global Political Economy and Development

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The master program in Global Political Economy and Development (GPED) aims to introduce students to the institutions, actors, structures and processes characterizing globalized capitalism, North-South relations and development cooperation. It focuses on the global level, but also looks at regional and national settings from a comparative perspective. The program is interdisciplinary in character and is taught by scholars with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, among them political science, sociology and economics. The curriculum is based on a pluralist understanding of political economy as well as development and covers both mainstream and critical perspectives. It stresses the importance of an integrated approach to research, which links empirical analysis with methodological and theoretical considerations. Moreover, there is a practical component to GPED: Students are expected to complete a two-month internship that is relevant to the program topics. These internships can be undertaken at NGOs, international organizations, research centres etc.



Program Structure

During the two years of the programs, students will be required to complete 120 credits of coursework which includes:

-          4 Master Core Courses (worth 9 credits each)

-          1 Master Core Course (worth 6 credits)

-          1 Writing and Research Skills Course (worth 8 credits)

-          3 Masters Special Option Courses (worth 6 credits each)

-          2 – 3 Elective Courses (worth a total of 12 credits)

-          An 8 Week Internship (worth 10 credits)

-          Master’s Thesis and Master Defense (worth 30 credits in total).

Throughout their coursework, students will be required to provide inputs such as individual and group presentations, summaries for texts, book reviews and final term papers in each course. In addition, attendance and participation in lectures and seminars is highly emphasized in the due to the rigorous and discussion-based nature of the programme.


Topics Covered in th Program

  • Critical theories and methodologies of GPE
  • Gender perspectives on GPE
  • Global power relations and global governance
  • Globalized finance and trade
  • Global labour studies
  • Human rights and labour rights
  • Theories of development
  • Development cooperation
  • Post-development approaches
  • Postcolonial theory
  • International Financial Institutions
  • The impact of globalization on local governments
  • European integration
  • Global environmental politics
  • The politics of development and North-South relations
  • Cultural aspects of globalization