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Summer courses are free of charge for undergraduate students of the University of Helsinki who are enlisted as attending students at the moment of registration. This excludes a possible fee for study materials.

Online registration is for students who have Finnish identity number. Registration begins at noon 45 days before the beginning of the course.


No prior knowledge of development studies is required.
Language skills levels
In order to complete the course you must already have a good command of English. The course requires a starting level of B2-C1 ( CEF).

The course traces the historical evolution of formal and informal institutions at the heart of global economic governance as well as the changing spectrum of its core actors and topical issues. It provides a basic knowledge of the regulatory architectures that undergird global circuits of goods and services, people, and money, as well as the theoretical approaches that have been developed to harness these circuits. The course interrogates the nature of wealth and power, the relationship between economics and politics, and possibilities for transformation in contemporary world order.

After completion, students will be able to critically engage with some key theories and analytical concepts in global political economy and will have applied them to empirical case studies. They will have a better understanding of the historical processes, material dynamics and institutional arrangements structuring the world economy. They will be able to communicate their understanding of contemporary global economic issues.

The course is an online course.

Main reading: Robert O’Brien & Marc Williams (2013) Global Political Economy: Evolution and Dynamics, 4th edition. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Online learning environment Moodle

Teaching takes place in the online learning environment Moodle. The course Moodle will open on 15th of August.


1. Introduction: 15.8. - 27.8.
- Required reading: O’Brien & Williams, pp. 7-22; additional,recommended reading: pp. 43-105
2. International trade: 28.8.- 10.9.
- Required reading: O’Brien & Williams, pp. 109-131
3. International production and labour: 4.9. - 17.9.
- Required reading: O’Brien & Williams, pp. 132-153, 182-199
4. International financial system: 11.9. - 24.9.
- Required reading: O’Brien & Williams, pp. 154-181

Each of these modules consists of a required reading, recorded lectures and scheduled thematic discussions in the online learning environment Moodle.

In each discussion, you have to write one contribution and comment on at least one other contribution. In your discussion entries, you are supposed to focus on a particular case that you choose at the beginning of the course and on which you work through the course. This work will culminate in your final essay.

Both your work on the thematic discussions and writing the essay will involve independently searching for relevant materials in the internet and e-journals.

The final assignment is an essay of approximately 4000-5000 words on the case on which you have been working through the course. Before writing the essay, you have to submit an abstract (maximum half-page) to the instructor. Write and submit the essay only after receiving the instructor’s comments and permission. The abstract must be submitted in Moodle between 25th of September – 4 th of October 2016.

The essay is due in Moodle by 18th of October 2017

During your studies

We reserve the right to make changes to the study programme.