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PAIR2053 Globalisation and World Politics

Module Overview

The module will look at the main issues and trends, concepts and definitions on globalisation within the discipline of international relations.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Summarise and critically evaluate much of the literature on globalisation
  • Produce analyses of particular concepts and issues related to globalisation
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse complex empirical information using appropriate methods
  • Express your understanding of a module through written communication
  • Assess the validity of differing theoretical perspectives


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)

Independent Study114
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Glenn, John (2007). Globalization: North-South Perspectives. 

Held, David and McGrew, Anthony (1999). Global Transformations. 

Clark, I (1999). Globalization and International Relations Theory. 

Art Scholte, J. (2005). Globalization– A Critical Introduction. 

Ravenhill, John (2016). Global Political Economy. 

Held, D and McGrew, A., Ed (2003). The Global Transformations Reader. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Discussion board activity 25%
Research project 50%
Research proposal 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PAIR1001 or PAIR1002 or PAIR1004 or PAIR1005


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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