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KEMI 2025A - Business in an Age of Geopolitical Uncertainty

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course intends to provide Masters' student with an overview of the geopolitical environment and its implications for entrepreneurs and business actors. The main pedagogical ambition is to grant future professionals with a cross-thematic knowledge on today's geopolitical risks, threats and uncertainties, and on how these may affect businesses and their economic, strategic and professional environment. Through this teaching, students shall not only acquire mere knowledge on the geopolitical environment and its impact on the business world and actors, but also competences and skills: personal, reflexive ability to be aware of, detect, anticipate and analyse international trends and events, or one's own international responsibility or impact. Lectures will rely on two main types of content: lecture-like, factual content provided by the lecturer before the class (through material posted on Moodle before the class) and in the class, and concrete cases studies dealt with by students in group work. A collective book (self-edited through creative commons) is also envisaged, as a team project during the semester under the supervision and editorial guidance of the lecturer.


NIVET, Bastien (Chercheur associé à l'IRIS)

Pedagogical format

The course is organised in six lectures/sessions lasting two hours each. Materials (articles, videos, powerpoint files used in class) are posted on moodle before each class for consultation by students beforehand. Each session is based on these, as well as an initial presentation on a case study delivered by a group of students.

Course validation

Assessment will be based on two grades. One will be based on a group work to be presented in class by students. This group work will be based on one of the case studies indicated by the lecturer at the beginning of the semester. These case studies may be edited under the form of a collective book at the end of the semester. The second will be an individual assessment, based on a research material (written or multimedia) on a subject chosen by the student but validated by the lecturer.


Students are expected to read and analyse the material posted on Moodle (articles, videos, other documents) before each class, an estimated 1hour/session workload. Over the semester, students will also have to produce material to be presented in class, representing, overall, the same amount of workload as the

Required reading

  • Baylis J, Owens P, Smith S, The globalization of world politics: An introduction to international relations, 7th edition, Oxfor (UK), Oxford University Press, 2017
  • Caballero-Anthony, M. (ed.) An introduction to non-traditional security studies. A transnational approach, Los Angeles: Sage, 2016
  • Kay S., Global Security in the 21st century, 3rd edition, Rowman & Littlefield 2015.
  • Fierke K., Critical approaches to international security, Cambridge, UK, Malden, Mass : Polity Press , 2015.

Additional required reading

Additional readings will be given at the beginning of the semester and indicated as suggested readings for each session.