GEOG3518 - Global Production Networks


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 100/100 4 hours

Course content

The course offers different perspectives on economic globalization and global production networks, together with discussions on how this influences actions and strategies of enterprises, national states and civil society organizations. Focus is on the business strategies and practices that occur at the interface between economy, politics and culture, and the implications of these strategies and practices for uneven development in the global economy. Case examples illustrate how global value chains are embedded in networks at various geographical scales and create values, and how transnational corporation interacts with states as they make foreign direct investments. Cases cover also relational and social aspects of global production networks including corporate social responsibility.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • have gained theoretical knowledge on economic, political, social and cultural aspects of global production networks. The central aim is to provide a comprehensive insight into the relations between processes of economic globalization and company strategies and state policies in order for students to better understand uneven development in the global economy.


  • have skills in academic writing on these topics.

General competence:

  • have relevant competence for work in companies and organizations operating internationally.

Learning methods and activities

Up to 20 hours lectures and in-class activities, a company visit and assignment. The compulsory assignment must be completed and approved in order to be eligible to take the 4 hour written exam. As part of the course the students have to write a semester assignment together with other students in groups. The semester assignment must be approved before the examination can be taken.

Compulsory assignments

  • Semester assignment.

Further on evaluation

The compulsory assignments must be completed and approved in order to be eligible to take the exam.  Same form of examination is given when re-sitting for the exam or improving the grade. The exam is offered both in the autumn and spring semester. 

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

The course is open for students on master`s level, preferable within the discipline of social science or technology/engineering. Other relevant qualification can be accepted upon approval by the Department of Geography.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Industrial Economics
  • Geography
  • Globalization
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography


Examination arrangement: Home exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home exam 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home exam (1) 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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