Configuring the World: A Critical Political Economy Approach

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Configuring the World: A Critical Political Economy Approach

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In today’s world, politics and economics are inextricably interconnected, but what is the nature of this connectivity? What are the power relationships that shape the world economy today and create new challenges for international institutions facing globalization? What makes some countries wealthier than others? Do we face cultural diversity or fragmentation? Does the type of governance effect economic development and social change or is it the other way around? How do we measure it and how trustworthy is the data? These issues and many more will be examined in this course along with up-to-date sources and biting criticism.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
It is extremely hard to prepare the content for such a course. As you can get from the title, the topic is difficult to approach. Overall, the course is very rich as an introduction to the topic. What I loved the most about the excellent professor is the way he doubts and questions the logic behind every single source of macroeconomic, social, and political data.
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4 years, 7 months ago
I enjoyed this course. It provides a nice overview of the institutions, ideas and actors that indeed shape the World, as well as the different ways we have to assess and measure how the World is actually configured. It is a relatively light course, and that is also my biggest criticism. Short lectures each week without much depth. I know it's an introduction, but more detail would certainly be desirable. There is a lot of time spent on, for example, the real impact of foreign aid, but then the lecture on NGOs is only 10 minutes long. Of course, the course is so far-reaching that if we used this standard it would take 20 weeks and many hours per week to be fully satisfied. You also get two tracks - one basic and one advanced - depending on how much work you wish to put into the course. That's a nice way to attribute distinction marks to students. The quizzes, though, are extremely simple. Overall a nice experience, much recommended.
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