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PAIR3014 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

Module Aims

• to familiarize you with the main issues and trends informing the debate on globalisation • to explore some of the concepts and definitions that appear in the literature on globalisation within the discipline of International Relations • to encourage you to develop a deep and critical understanding of globalisation • To explore critically the concept of globalization and the historical evidence concerning the globalization thesis; • To interrogate the growing literature on the consequences of globalization for the state and traditional conceptions of world order; • To consider the impact of the global financial crisis of 2007/8

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Summarise and critically evaluate much of the literature on globalisation
  • Express this understanding through written communication
  • Present analyses of particular concepts and issues related to globalisation


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

The module includes traditional one to many lectures with integrated interactive web pages and short videos. There are also seminsrs centred around video material pertinent to the course

Independent Study124
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

John Ravenhill (2005). Global Political Economy. 

Jan Art Scholte (2005). Globalization– A Critical Introduction. 

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

Ian Clark (1999). Globalization and International Relations Theory. 

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

David Held and Anthony McGrew Ed. (2000). The Global Transformations Reader. 

David Held and Anthony McGrew Ed (2003). The Global Transformations Reader. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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