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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

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
  • Produce 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 sometimes with short videos. There are also seminars centred around video material pertinent to the course

Independent Study124
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

John Ravenhill (2005). Global Political Economy. 

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

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

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



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

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