The module will look at the main issues and trends, concepts and definitions on globalisation within the discipline of international relations.
Pre-requisite: PAIR1001 or PAIR1002 or PAIR1004 or PAIR1005
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Produce analyses of particular concepts and issues related to globalisation
- Summarise and critically evaluate much of the literature on globalisation
Transferable and Generic Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Assess the validity of differing theoretical perspectives
- Express your understanding of a module through written communication
- Analyse complex empirical information using appropriate methods
The first part of the course deals with the various theoretical perspectives with regard to the processes of globalization
The second part of the unit examines the impact that globalization processes are having upon domestic and international political arrangements. Globalisation is purportedly unsettling the Westphalian order and, in so doing, challenges the relations between states and society, and our understandings of their respective roles in the international order. We will examine current debates within the globalisation literature concerning the fate of the welfare state. Several scholars argue that the pressures exerted by globalisation will inevitably lead to lower levels of spending by the industrialised states as a result of a reduction in their tax revenues. Others argue that state spending in certain areas brings significant social and economic benefits which are recognised and appreciated by these companies. The lectures therefore evaluate both viewpoints. At the same time, the lectures alert the students to the fact that a very different set of dynamics are affecting the welfare state in the developing world.
The final set of lectures examines the financial crisis, its impact on globalization and the resulting financial architecture that has been put in place.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
2 hours of lectures per week. All will be recorded and posted on Blackboard. Lectures will be delivered either face to face or online only depending upon University and Public Health England Guidance at the time. Total of 24 hours of lectures (2 hours per week X 12 weeks) per module.
Weekly student participation in online discussion boards. 1 hour per week delivered asynchronously. (1 hour X 12 weeks)
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Clark, I (1999). Globalization and International Relations Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Art Scholte, J. (2005). Globalization– A Critical Introduction. London: Palgrave.
Glenn, John (2007). Globalization: North-South Perspectives. Routledge.
Held, David and McGrew, Anthony (1999). Global Transformations. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Ravenhill, John (2016). Global Political Economy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Held, D and McGrew, A., Ed (2003). The Global Transformations Reader. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Summative assessment description
|Discussion board activity||25%|
Referral assessment description
Repeat assessment description
Repeat type: Internal & External