SGO2200 – Economic globalisation and regional development

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Course content

*After spring 2022, the course will hibernate and run again in the autumn semester, starting autumn 2023*

This course studies how economic globalisation and technological change interact in shaping development at the level of regions and countries. The book "Global Shift" by Peter Dicken is the main text used.

The first part of the course defines economic globalisation as growing functional interdependencies between countries and regions in the world economy. It proceeds to maps contemporary trends, including the entry of countries such as China and India as major players.

The second part is more theoretical, discussing specifically the role of multinational companies and more generally the question of industry localization in light of modern space-shrinking transportation and communication technologies. The role of the state in regulating and facilitating economic globalization will be thoroughly discussed. Critical questions concerning who are the winners and losers in ongoing global shifts are reflected upon, with emphasis on how the policies, industrial structures and institutional conditions of regions and countries determine whether they benefit or not. Finally, economic globalisation will be discussed in the context of social and environmental sustainability challenges.

Learning outcome


  • The goal of the course is to provide students with an understanding of some of the major changes going on in the world economy and the key actors making these changes happen.


  • To be able to analyze the role of technological change global and regional economic change.
  • To be able to analyze the role of transnational corporations in global and regional economic change.
  • To reflect upon the positive and negative consequences of economic globalization.


  • To be able to distinguish between normative accounts of economic globalization and real changes that affect people’s lives.


Students who are admitted to study programmes or individual courses at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in StudentWeb

Admission to this course is done on the basis of specific rules. For further information, please read: Rangeringsregler ved SV-fakultetet.(In norwegian)


Recommended previous knowledge



The teaching is organized as lectures and seminars, which will be given in English. The course is part of the regular course provision at The Faculty of Social Science.

Application for change of seminar group

Teaching is mainly held during daytime. Teaching is organised as a combination of lectures and seminars throughout the semester. On the semester page you can find information about time and place of the current semesters lectures and seminars.

Compulsory activities

There is no compulsory activities for the course in the spring 2022.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


A 6-hour written school exam.

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Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

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Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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