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International Business and Trade in a Historical Perspective

Master's level | 7.5 credits | Course code: EHA122 | Sustainability focused
Spring 2020
100% Day
Period: 4 May 2020 - 7 June 2020
2 Closed GU-28050
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

The objective of this course is to discuss the development of world trade from early modern times until today. Firstly, the historical development of world trade and trade policies are discussed in terms of causes and effects of international trade. A central aspect is the discussion of the importance of trade for growth and distribution of wealth over the world. The role of trade for countries in the less industrialised world is compared to its role for the industrialised world. Linked to this, is the discussion of whether protectionism or free trade has been the best way to promote economic development.

Secondly, the course relates to the development of “big business”. The aim is to achieve an understanding for the present situation of multinational companies by studying their historical development. The studies start with how multi-national companies were formed. Multinationals have sometimes been accused of contributing to social injustice in countries in the third world. In the industrialised world they are accused of disrupting competition. The effects of big business establishment are to a large extent decided by how the activities are regulated. The national state can build institutions and regulate business activities by for example introducing tariffs, different forms of taxation, regulation of wages and so on. An important issue is to study under what circumstances multinational companies are contributing to growth and redistribution and when they are not.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A Bachelor's degree (180 hec) from an internationally recognized university, including a thesis of minimum 15 hec. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 10 122 SEK
First payment: 10 122 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Tanja Feltsen, e-post:, telefon: 031-786 1407


Department of Economy and Society
Box 625
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Viktoriagatan 13

Course that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the course's main focus

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