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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? These classical political economy questions resonate today more loudly than ever before.

  • Programme at a glance
    Mode of instruction: Online (2 weeks)
    Academic dates: Monday 21 June - Friday 2 July 2021*
    Academic fees: €750* read more about what is included.
    Credits: 4 European Credits. Read more about credits and credit transfer.  
    Early admission deadline: 1 February 2021
    Regular admission deadline: 1 May 2021
    Who is this programme for? For current university students (2nd, 3rd or 4th year 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.

    *Dates and prices are tentative and subject to change, and will be finalised by 1 December 2020.  

  • 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 summer 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 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 assingments and (small) group work. 

  • Academic director

    Dawid Walentek (MSc) works in the UvA’s Faculty of Social And Behavioural Sciences within the programme group on Political Economy and Transnational Governance. Dawid is also a researcher on education policy with the Department of Sociology. Dawid's scholarly work is mostly focused on economic sanctions and international trade.

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Political Economy
Degree programme
Mode Online
Credits 4 ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Open
Starts in June