GEOG3518 - Global Production Networks


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours E

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 business practices in a globalized knowledge economy and how strategies and actions occur at the interface between economy, politics and culture. 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. As part of the course the students have to write an individual semester assignment. The semester assignment must be approved before the examination can be taken.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The students shall gain 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.
Skills: The course provides skills in academic writing on these topics.
General competence: The course provides relevant competence for candidates who will work in companies and organizations operating internationally.

Learning methods and activities

Up to 18 hours lectures, a company visit and assignment. The compulsory assignment must be completed and passed in order to be eligible to take the 4 hour written exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Semester assignment.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. 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.

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 E INSPERA
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.

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