Courses are together with exams the building blocks for modules. Please keep in mind that information on the contents, learning outcomes and, especially examination conditions are given on the module level only – see section "Assignment to Modules" above.
||This block seminar focuses on the political economy of standardisation and certification within the context of global governance. As a consequence of the globalisation of product markets, international standards have become economically and politically ever more important as instruments of governance and a means for addressing global challenges. Standardisation has grown from a topic that was of interest primarily to engineers into a distinctive area of research across many different academic disciplines.
The first part of the course deals with the fundamentals of standardisation and standards: the concepts and the historical backgrounds, the economic theories behind standards, the political economy of standards setting processes, types of standards, standards role in innovation and impact on the micro (organisations) and the macro (states) levels, the quality infrastructure and markets governance, and the impact of standards on trade and society. In the second part we build upon what has been introduced within a global governance framework, clarifying the relationship among key concepts: standards development organisations and their role in the global economy, the politics of institutional standards setting, public and private stakeholders role in standards setting, standards wars and standardisation role in international relations.
E-Learning course (e. g. Moodle)