HIST3400 - The global political economy of natural resources, 1870-2000


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 2 days

Course content

The course examines the political economy of natural resources since ca. 1870. The topic is closely related to historical processes of globalization and de-globalization. The course is organized around three central questions:

  1. How has natural resource ownership affected the economic and political development of nation states?
  2. How has the competition for control over natural resources between states, companies and other stakeholders contributed to war and conflict?
  3. To what extent have nation states and international organizations succeeded in regulating the many conflicting interests regarding the extraction and exploitation of natural resources?

Learning outcome

A candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome according to the course curriculum, defined as knowledge and skills:


The candidate should

  • be able to conduct an advanced review the historical development of the global political economy of natural resources since 1870 in the context of globalization processes
  • acquire an in-depth understanding of the various social science theories pertaining to the relationship between natural resources and economic development, war and conflict, and globalisation respectively
  • be able to apply those theories thoroughly to historical cases


The candidate can

  • independently discover, exploit and select sources relevant to topics covers in this course
  • formulate and structure complex historical arguments orally and in writing
  • effectively communicate their argument through written and oral presentations

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminar, group assignment, oral group presentation

Compulsory assignments

  • Poster including oral presentation

Required previous knowledge

BA in history, social sciences or equivalent

Course materials

See curriculum published at the start of the semester, and other materials (reading and lecture lists and other relevant information) published on Blackboard

More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Globalisation
  • History


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 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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