POL1005 - Geopolitical Risk


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 3 hours E

Course content

The course focuses on the relationship between international politics and markets. In particular, we consider geopolitical risks affecting multinational corporations. Drawing primarily on literature from International Relations and International Political Economy, the lectures account, among other things, for how interstate conflict, geostrategic moves, changes in global and regional balances of power, and international norms and institutions create both opportunities and challenges for economic actors. The lectures present numerous historical and current case examples, and they also discuss whether and how geopolitical risks can be analyzed, predicted, and managed.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • have knowledge of the relationship between international politics and markets
  • have knowledge of a number of relevant geopolitical risks and how these might affect economic actors, in general, and multinational corporations, in particular
  • have knowledge of how geopolitical risks can be analyzed, predicted, and managed

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • use theories that are central to understanding the phenomenon of geopolitical risk
  • employ theoretical and empirical knowledge in order to analyze the current and future geopolitical risk landscape
  • demonstrate independence in the preparation of a semester assignment that fulfills the criteria for scientific writing

Learning methods and activities

2 hours of lectures per week and supervison of project work. Compulsory activity: Approved term paper(s) and excercise(s). Specific requirements will be announced at the beginning of the term. Lectures may be given in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved term paper(s)/exercise(s). Specific requirements will be announced at the beginning of the term.

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: 3-hour written exam

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SVPOL109 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-12-11 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL110 Sluppenvegen 14 113
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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