The Global Economy – Environment, Development and Globalisation, 15 credits

Autumn 2019, 50 %, Campus

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Start date: 2 September 2019

End date: 19 January 2020

Application Deadline: 15 April 2019

Enrolment Code: UU-19508 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Uppsala

Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 165 credits)

Entry Requirements: 60 credits

Fees: If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 32500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 32500

About the course

What is the real wealth of nations? How is the global economic system performing under increasing ecological and social pressures? Which institutions and actors have the best opportunities to work towards building desirable and sustainable economies?

The course aims to present a variety of theoretical perspectives on issues of political economy in the context of sustainable development. Throughout the semester, different theories and historical examples are analysed and discussed in sessions with knowledgeable and inspiring guest lecturers in order to offer a multidisciplinary understanding of the global economy’s role in today’s world. Keeping a good balance between abstract and concrete, as well as particular and general, the course constitutes a basic toolbox to understand economies in the 21st century. Embarking on this journey of discovery, international and Swedish students will reflect critically on the past and current state of the economy in order to imagine alternatives economic futures.

Welcome to The Global Economy, Autumn 2018!

Here you will find the latest information related to the course ‘The Global Economy – Environment, Development and Globalisation’ 2018. Please keep checking this course portal for the latest updates, and if you have any questions, contact the Course Coordinators, Guy Finkill and Aaron Tuckey, at gec(at) or individually at guy.finkill(at) and aaron.tuckey(at)


Padlet for Rob Hopkin´s lecture on Transition Towns

Hej guys,

Here is the Padlet to pose your questions for Rob. Rob will be given access to this Padlet before the lecture takes place and we will urge him to answer your questions before he opens it up to everyone present at the lecture. You can start uploading your questions now based on the reading that we´ve set for this class and we will keep the Padlet open during the lecture in case any question comes to you in the moment.

Student portal limited functionality

Hi all, please note that Student Portalen is CLOSED from Oct 4-8 (~12pm). Make sure that you download what you need beforehand.

Please also remember that we have pushed back the submission hand-in for Individual Assignment 1 until Tuesday, October 9th at 16:59.

We may also lose the ability to email from student portal and since not all of you have your email address available via student portal we will post notices here on the course web page. So please do engage with this space and check for notices!

Please also make sure to read Literature Seminar 1 Instructions and submit a discussion question to the padlet by Wednesday.

Happy Monday!


Some notes from the first week

Hi all! Lovely to meet you at our first two sessions on Monday and Wednesday. We have now uploaded the lecture slides for the intro workshop. Don’t forget that you have your first submission for the discussion groups on Wednesday, week 2. If you have forgotten which group number you are in then look under the Assignment Information > Group Allocations. Make sure to respond to the right thread in student portal and follow the instructions as outlined on the page.

See you all next week!

Aaron and Guy

Course start-up 2018

Hi all and welcome to The Global Economy 2018! Please see the above course information (progressively updated) and make sure to come to the compulsory course registration on Monday September 3. Until then, have a great summer!

Aaron and Guy