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LANG2002 Globalisation: Culture, Language and The Nation State

Module Overview

This module will problematize the concept of globalisation and explore and develop an understanding of its meaning in economic, political and cultural terms.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Introduce you to the major academic, policy and political debates about globalization • introduce you to the major contemporary debates about capitalism and imperialism in the current epoch • apply analytical/ conceptual frameworks about capitalism, imperialism and globalization to case studies drawn from Europe, Asia and Latin America • introduce you to major contemporary debates about and within the anti-globalization movements

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • academic, policy and political debates about globalization
  • capitalism and imperialism in the present epoch
  • case studies of globalization drawn from European and non-European contexts
  • the workings of leading multi-lateral agencies (World Bank, IMF, WTO, etc.) Non- Governmental Organizations (NGO’s),
  • the relation between the nation-state and corporations in the contemporary era
  • the emergence of the US as the hegemonic world power
  • major academic, policy and political debates about and within the anti-globalization movements
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • think critically about major social science issues
  • develop a theoretical/ conceptual argument about contemporary political /economic issues
  • marshal empirical material drawn from case studies to support your conceptual/theoretical argumentation
  • write an analytical essay about issues in globalization, capitalism and imperialism
  • deliver an oral presentation on an academic, policy and political theme
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • think critically about globalization debates and anti-globalization movements
  • participate in academic and political discussions about globalization and leading contemporary political and economic issues
  • understand and participate in arguments about world trade, the WTO, the role of the nation-state in the current era, the relationship between corporations and the nation- state
  • analyse and understand benchmark changes in the world economic order post World War 2
  • analyse case studies in world trade, fair trade, globalization, anti-globalization movements
  • write critically about the above topics
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate academic, policy and political writings in the social sciences
  • analyse academic, policy and political debates about the causes and manifestations of globalization
  • apply theoretical/ conceptual frameworks about capitalism, imperialism and globalization to case studies


This module analyses meanings, causes and effects of globalisation through an examination of the concentration of financial, economic, political and cultural power. We will study historical ruptures in international economic frameworks and investigate ways that globalisation has affected women and men of different class, racial and ethnic backgrounds in different countries. After surveying the macro- theory, history and effects of globalisation we will analyse case studies from Spain, France, Germany and Latin America. Working in teams, students will conduct research on a selected aspect of globalisation, and will present their research findings in a joint seminar and individual essays.

Special Features

Lectures and structured class discussions and debates will provide guidance on each topic, which you will advance through your own reading. In the seminars you will be expected to engage actively and to participate in discussions based on your own preparation of the material each week. Knowledge and understanding will be developed through your attendance at all classes, your independent study and your team oral presentation. Your individual essays will allow you to demonstrate your engagement with the module and the skills of analysis and synthesis developed throughout.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • lectures, videos • seminars • small group discussions • class debates Learning activities include • team research projects and oral presentations • team discussion and class debates on selected topics • individual research papers Innovative or special features of this module • team research projects • team oral presentations

Preparation for scheduled sessions2
Follow-up work4
Completion of assessment task40
Wider reading or practice40
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Munck (2007). Globalisation and contestation. 

Martin Wolf (2004). Why Globalisation works. 

Noreena Hertz (2001). The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy. 

Joseph Stiglitz (2006). Making Globalisation work Globalization and its Discontents. 

Naomi Klein (2000). No Logo. 


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback  student- led class discussions on selected topics  group Pp to accompany oral presentations


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 45%
Essay 45%
Seminar presentation 10%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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