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Political Economy

To what extent does the economy determine the type of policies a government pursues? And how much sway over the economy does a government have? The fields of politics and economics are deeply intertwined: the study of political economy is extremely important in understanding key processes at work in the world today. It can offer insights and trigger inquiry into the dynamics of states and markets, voters and firms and subject such as income inequality, ‘growth’, Brexit or bilateral relations between the United States and China. Join our two-week online winter programme to learn more!

  • Dates, tuition, and deadlines
    Mode of instruction: Online (2 weeks)
    Academic dates: Monday 16 January - Friday 27 January 2023
    Academic fees: €800 read more about what is included.
    Credits: 4 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer.
    Winter course admission deadline:                                                 Monday 2 January 2023 is the final day to apply. Admissions for this course are processed on a rolling basis. 
  • Who is this programme for?

    For current university students (Bachelors and Masters) in the arts and social sciences with an interest in  economics and political science broadly. For working professionals with a desire to continue their education/update their skills in this field.

  • Programme description

    The recent and ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has made it clear that the state is back with regards to implementing economic control, regulations, and measures, but also highlighted how fragile the state is towards global markets. Few disciplines other than Political Economy offer an insight that allows the study of the intertwined worlds of politics and economics; states and markets; voters and firms.

    Students of this two-week online winter course will focus on four themes: trade, development, inequality, and environment. Participants in this programme will learn about the topics that matter today and learn how to critically engage in the current debates from a rigorous, scientific angle.

    These four themes all play and important role in understanding the dynamics of how politics and economics are intertwined in our rapidly globalizing and ever-changing world. They are also lenses through which to look at the complex web of actors and agents and causes and effects that are the network of global markets, politics and trade. 

    This online winter programme will make use of creative examination methods that allow students to get to know the material and content in an updated and innovative manner, and will include both individual assignments and (small) group work.

  • Live sessions and assignments
    • This course will meet live via Zoom 3 times per week; every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The live Zoom sessions will begin at 4pm CEWT and will either last 2.5 hours (full lecture) or 1.5 hours (Q&A with guest lecturers). Do you live outside of Europe? Calculate the time of the live sessions for your time zone.
    • A preparatory assignment will be due on Friday 13 January 2023, before the programme starts. 
    • Students will also complete in-course assignments and a final paper due roughly one month after the course ends.
    • Looking for more information? Visit our practical matters page to find out more.
  • Academic director

    Dr. Dawid Walentek works as a post-doc at the University of Warsaw in a project on refugee policy in the European Union; he completed his PhD in Political Economy at the University of Amsterdam. Dawid’s scholarly work focuses on conflict and cooperation in international relations.

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Facts & Figures
Mode Online
Credits 4 ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in January