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Global Supply Chains: A Critical Investigation of Today's International Trade

Start Date

Jan 22, 2024


12 Weeks


About the Course

How will participants learn in this course?

We will analyze global supply chains by taking a different example every week. Students will need to analyze and report back on texts, engage in debates and question existing ideas around global supply chains. We will also use videos and articles to give context to what we read.

What will they learn? 

We will dive into the journey that well-known products like mobile phones, coffee and petrol make and look into why these supply chains are set up like this and what the complications are for people and the planet. The different supply chains we will analyze are:

  1. Fashion/garment industry

  2. Logistics industry

  3. Oil and petroleum products industry

  4. Mobile phones industry

  5. Food and Agriculture industry

  6. Coffee industry

  7. Financial markets industry

  8. Fisheries industry

All of these supply chains impact our lives in different ways depending on where we are in the world. However, having a basic understanding of their workings will provide us with insights that are helpful to make choices in life and create a better future.

What will the projects look like? 

The projects will be a group assignment for 2 students to defend the activities of a global company in one of the supply chains. They will also prepare a critical shareholder perspective to engage with two other groups and question their supply chain. The project results will depend on their own presentation as well as on their critical questioning of the other groups.

Your Instructor

Jack van Dokkum (M.A.)

Jack van Dokkum (M.A.)

Jack has worked in Corporate Responsibility since 2011, mainly in the textile industry, food processing and viticulture in Cambodia, Myanmar, The Netherlands, and Italy. Currently, he advises companies on changing the way they do business, to help avert the global climate crisis and stop the exploitation of people and the earth for the pursuit of profits. Personal freedom, self-determination and equitable opportunities are basic human rights and companies need to change their business strategy and their way of organizing to allow for these rights to be enjoyed within companies, and around them. If companies do this, they will become more resilient, more efficient and more sustainable, contributing to a prosperous future for all creatures on Earth. See more on:

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