|Comparative Political Economy of Innovation, 7,5 ECTS Credits|
|AIM OF THE COURSE|
|After compledted the course the student should be able to
-. describe the mechanisms underlying a national innovation system and to fruitfully contribute to the public debate in their place of location
- descuss relations amongst high technology, product or process innovation, employment .and economic growth.
|In this course, students examine innovation within different economic and political systems. They use comparisons between nations and regions to explore how firms, governments and other organisations interact in different systems of innovation. Their investigations focus on two main issues. The first is the relationship between different institutional settings and the innovation process. Students consider, for example, how different public technology policies or financial systems influence processes of innovation. The second focus is on the effects that different patterns of innovation have on economic performance.
Technological Change and Economic Growth
This section addresses a broad social and economic context within which firms act. It leads into questions such as the institutional framework of different countries and which types of technologies and products create new jobs and economic growth in general.
Systems of Innovation and Networks
This section uses the different perspectives already discussed in order to ask why and how regional vs. national vs. international contacts between firms and groups of firms and their institutional context can be important. This importance can vary in relation to institutional contexts. This is relevant both for asking how firms can or should act in different areas as well as for understanding the different faces of capitalism.
|Teaching takes the form of lectures and seminars. The course will be given in English.|
|A written home examination. In addition, all participants are expected to give a presentation of an article on the reading list at one seminar and to participate actively in ensuing discussions.
Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.
Documented knowledge of English equivalent to “Engelska B” is required, or an international proficiency test, e.g. TOEFL, minimum score 550/213. Students must be in at least their third year of studies. It is preferable to have studied at least two semesters of economics, political science or business studies.
|The course is graded according to the ECTS grading scale A-F|
|The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.|
|Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.
The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.