Globalisation and World Politics - POLI3280

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Globalisation is a contentious phenomenon with opinions divided as to whether it has (mostly) positive or negative consequences. This module assesses the complex process of globalisation by exploring the economic and political dimensions of globalisation, what drives the process, how it affects states and domestic constituencies and to what degree it can be managed. The module explores the role of individuals, states, international economic organisations, and non-state actors in processes and governance of globalisation as well as the growing resistance movements against globalisation. It also examines the relationship between globalisation and (in)equality, economic development, personal rights, environment and armed conflict.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22

Private study hours: 128

Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

* Essay 2000 words, 50%
* Exam 2 hours, 50%

Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Joseph Stiglitz (2003), Globalization and its discontents, (Penguin)
David Held and Anthony McGrew (eds.) (2007), Globalization Theory: Approaches and Controversies (Polity).
Richard Rosecrance (2000), The Rise of the Virtual State, (Basic Books)
Nicola Phillips (ed.) (2005), Globalising International Political Economy (Palgrave)
John Baylis, Steve Smith, and Patricia Owens (eds) (2013), The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations (Oxford University Press)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Understand the various economic and political processes of globalisation

2. Understand the ways in which globalisation evolved, to what degree it is managed and to what degree it can be controlled.

3. Identify and assess the impact that globalisation has on equality, rights, environment, economic development as well as inter and intra state conflict.

4. Identify and assess the impact of globalisation on global governance.

5. Identify and assess forces of resistance to globalisation


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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