Global Capital Flows: Dangers and Opportunities

Global Capital Flows: Dangers and Opportunities


Course Summary

Flows of capitals and trade don’t stop at national borders and often create dynamics that challenge the nation state. This module dives into this comprehensive field of analysis at the intersection between political science and economics. It comprises a broad and elaborate theoretical foundation and a variety of sound methodological tools, often borrowed from micro- and macroeconomics. Furthermore, the structure of international organization, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is explained.

Educational Goals

  • Students will have the opportunity to discuss important aspects like the rise of multinational companies, the question of trade and human right standards and new environmental challenges in case studies.
  • Students will be able to determine connections between political and economic sciences concerning the questions of capital flows.
  • Students will be provided with practical skills concerning active participation in controversial discussions, presenting and supporting their own arguments and elaborating a well-structured research paper.



  • Policy paper on the topic of international trade negotiations
  • working paper concerning planning a conference on globalization
  • final research paper


Course structure:

  • Part 01: Introduction to International Trade and Investment
  • Part 02: International Trade Theory
  • Part 03: The International Arena
  • Part 04: Trade and Human Rights Issues: The Matter of Minimum Labor Standards



Ingo Bordon holds a PhD in economics from the University of Duisburg-Essen. He worked as a research associate in the Department of World Economy and Development Financing at the German Development Institute in Bonn. His research interests are in monetary and international macroeconomics with an empirical focus. He currently works as a risk analyst in the German cooperative banking sector.


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