Specialization in International Political Economy – Københavns Universitet

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Specialization in International Political Economy


The Specialization in International Political Economy is designed for students who want to know more about how power operates in the global economy. It provides students with a strong basis in the theoretical traditions of IPE and how they have evolved (often in line with dramatic shifts in economic conditions), the history of the global economy, and the empirical problems of the contemporary world economy. In so doing, it seeks to equip students with the knowledge and analytical skills to address some of the most pressing problems of our age: Why are there such enormous gaps between rich and poor? How do international systems of money and finance work, and why do they produce such dramatic crises? Can democratic oversight of capitalism really achieve anything in an era of globalization?

Students who participate will become part of the Department’s thriving research group in International Political Economy, which also has strong links with the Centre of European Politics (CEP) and also features researchers from elsewhere in the Department of Political Science. The specialization will feature a series of informal seminars to give students access not only to academics, but to former students and professionals now working with political economy topics outside of academia, and emphasize the links between IPE and the real world that IPE studies.   


The Specialization is organized via a team taught core course (15 ECTS), which runs during the whole 14 weeks of the semester but with the majority of teaching hours in the first 7 weeks (6 hours per week in the first half of term, followed by 2 hours per week thereafter). Students also choose to take 15 ECTS points from a series of 7.5 ECTS options which run either throughout the whole semester, or as an intensive ‘block’ in one half of the semester. These latter courses are tailored to build on the knowledge acquired in the first half of the core course, and assume a more ‘advanced’ level of preparation than standard courses taught in the department. Students then complete the specialization by submitting a Master thesis on an IPE topic (30 ECTS).

This specialization has been designed to allow students to follow their interests, and enrol on specialized optional courses within the scope of the programme. However, we recognize that this entails that students won’t necessarily see the same faces on every course. To address this, we will organize a regular meeting slot, once every two weeks or so, for staff and students on the specialization to get together. In some weeks, this will simply be an informal catch up. In others, we will offer assignment workshops, guest speakers (both academic and professional), and excursions. The aim of this is to foster community and employability. We will help students with their academic progress and assignment work, build networks, and ensure that students feel confident using and narrating their new skills in the workplace. This extra support will run alongside the core programme.

Semester   1

Semester   2*

Mandatory (15 ECTS): 

  •   Theories and issues in International Political Economy   (14 weeks)


Two of the following options (7.5 ECTS)

  •   Glocal Environmental Governance (Seminar, 7 weeks)
  •   The Political Economy of European Integration (14 weeks)
  •   The Politics of Global Finance (14 weeks)
  •   The Politics of International Trade (14 weeks)
  •   Sex and Money: Gender in the Global Political Economy (14   weeks)


Mandatory (30 ECTS):

  •   Master Thesis in International Political Economy



*NB: the thesis does not need to be completed immediately after the teaching, in fall 2018, but can be deferred if necessary


Students completing the specialization will gain valuable analytical skills, as an understanding of the global economy is currently in high demand across a number of public and private sector institutions. They will appreciate how to relate different theoretical debates over the economy to practical examples and case studies, and will be able to choose particular areas of interest to become expert in via the optional courses and the thesis.

International Students

The Specialization in IPE is open to both Danish and international students. All courses and activities will be conducted in English. International students who only visit the department for a limited period of time (typically one semester) may be eligible for a “certificate in IPE.” To obtain such a certificate, international students must complete all coursework except for the master thesis.


  • Registration for specialization via self-service during the registration period
  • Registration for specialization core courses via self-service during the registration period

The Teaching Team

Jens Ladefoged Mortensen

Ian Manners

Ben Rosamond


With any general questions, please contact the specialization convenor Professor Ben Rosamond

An information meeting for students interested in taking the specialization in the Spring term of 2018 has been arranged for Tuesday 14 November at 15:15.  Students can also find out more about the specialization and ask questions via the Facebook group.
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