NGEK10024U Globalisation and Dynamics in Global Value Chains

Volume 2013/2014
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics

The course aims to provide an overview of economic-geographical globalization processes analysed within a Global Value Chain (GVC) perspective. Focus is on GVCs linking developing countries and industrialised countries. The content of the course includes the core analytical concepts in the GVC approach (governance, institutions and upgrading); quality and standards; corporate social responsibility in GVCs; position of small-scale producers; policy implications; fieldwork methods.


Learning Outcome

The GVC approach (governance, institutions and upgrading), quality and standards, corporate social responsibility, position of small-scale producers, policy implications.


  • Explain the content of the basic elements in a GVC analysis
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main actors and governance mechanisms in GVCs
  • Assess recent theoretical and methodological contributions related to development of the GVC approach
  • Outline significant development tendencies in various GVCs, notably with regard to possibilities for upgrading of technology, organization and labour in developing countries
  • Apply theoretical and empirical insight in assessing policy recommendations focused on upgrading
  • Demonstrate basic ability to implement a GVC analysis.
  • Make an oral presentation (academic style) and write a short, concise synopsis on a selected subject.



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BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent
The form of teaching and work will be class teaching with active participation of students by means of student presentations and group-work.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 20 minutter
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assesment
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