Global Flows: Capital and Finance (8 ECTS)

Flows of capitals and trade don't stop at national borders and often create dynamics that challenge the nation-state. This module dives into this comprehensive field of analysis at the intersection between political science and economics.

Ingo Bordon
Dr. Ingo Bordon

Instructor: Dr. Ingo Bordon

Flows of capitals and trade don't stop at national borders and often create dynamics that challenge the nation-state. This module dives into this comprehensive field of analysis at the intersection between political science and economics. It comprises a broad and elaborated theoretical foundation and a variety of sound methodological tools, often borrowed from micro- and macroeconomics.

Furthermore, you will be familiarized with the structure of international organizations, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In case studies, important aspects like the rise of multinational companies, the question of trade and human right standards, and new environmental challenges will be discussed.

Video Introduction

Module Structure

Part I: Introduction to International Trade and Investment

Unit 01: Introduction to International Political Economy
Unit 02: Cooperation in the International Arena and the Influence of Domestic Sources
Unit 03: Globalization

Part II: International Trade Theory

Unit 04: Introduction to International Trade Theory
Unit 05: The Political Economy of Trade
Unit 06: Multinational Corporations

Part III: The International Arena

Unit 07: The WTO
Unit 08: General Agreement on Trade in Services and Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights
Unit 09: The Political Economy of Regionalism

Part IV: The Multilateral Trade Arena

Unit 10: Trade and Human Rights Issues: The Matter of Minimum Labor Standards
Unit 11: Trade, Poverty, and Development. Can International Trade Reduce Poverty?