Study tracks

Global Political Economy covers multidisciplinary studies drawing on economics, sociology, and political science. It explains how social practices and institutions constitute relational, complex and open systems of production, exchange and distribution. Taking into account the widely-shared aim of sustainable global development, political economy is crucial for understanding the principal current problems such as global warming; potential financial crises; disparities in income, wealth and power; or war and peace.

If you choose Global Political Economy track you will learn to assess and evaluate such questions as what are the changing conditions of success and growth in the capitalist world economy and what in turn determine those geo-historical conditions; how inequalities have developed since the Industrial Revolution and how inequalities are related to economic growth; what are the causes of unemployment and workers powers to have a say in their own standards of living and good life; what are the possibilities and limits of monetary sovereignty and where it should be located in terms of complex multilevel governance of the world economy; what are the ways in which the world economy can disintegrate, possibly paving the way for future military conflicts; and last but not least, how to design new worldwide institutions to tackle the contradictions and paradoxes of global politico-economic developments, including those related to the atmospheric and living systems of the planet.

Media and Democracy exposes you to the key debates about the relationship between the media and democratic processes at a time when the future of democracy remains uncertain because of authoritarian tendencies in politics and the commercialisation of the public sphere. It focuses on such questions as how the media represent and frame conflicts and war; how new forms of political participation are challenging the traditional conduct of politics; how human rights such as freedom of expression rely on media practices; and how new digital media reconfigure public communities and extend the possibilities for civic engagement.

By choosing the Media and Democracy track you will have analytical skills which aid you in critically assessing and evaluating such questions as: Why is populism increasing? How well does the media represent cultural and political diversity? Which challenges do democracies currently face globally? How are different media used as vehicles for political contestation and struggle?

The track (25 cr) includes two compulsory courses:

  • Populism and Democracy (5 cr)
  • Media and Diversity (5 cr)

In addition you will complete 15 cr of track specific electives.

The interplay between Governance, Organisations and Communication gives this study track its name. Governance and organisational and communication practices are increasingly global but are modified locally. The foci of this track include the global governance of knowledge, organisational communication, the changing institutions of knowledge and communication, the digitalisation of politics and communication, and changes in media policies.

Governance, Organizations, and Communication –track will provide you with competencies to examine and evaluate, for instance, current challenges to political governance, the governance of media and the governance of knowledge and higher education, as well as abilities to evaluate the political aspects of organizational communication and the organizational aspects of political communication.

Governance, Organisations and Communicaton track include following courses:

  • Theory and Methods of Digital Governance, Organizations, and Communication (10 cr)
  • Global Governance of Knowledge (5 cr)
  • Governance and Organizations in Research and Higher Education (5 cr)
  • European Media and Communication Policy (5 cr)