This module introduces students to debates on the politics of the Global South in the context of North-South relations more broadly. The precise list of issues, regions and/or countries to be covered will vary from year to year depending on the global political landscape. Focus will generally be on contemporary and comparative politics across several of the regions of the Global South: Africa, Asia, Latin America and/or the Middle East. Key themes explored in the module include decolonisation, marginalisation, modernisation, diversity, inequality, and regionalism. An indicative list of potential topics includes: the relevant histories and legacies of empire; race and ethnicity; nationalism; feminist approaches from the Global South; dependency theory; postcolonialism; development; resistance; and South-South cooperation.
Private Study: 128
Contact Hours: 22
Optional to the following courses:
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations (Bidiplôme)
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Placement Year
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Foundation Year
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Year in Continental Europe or North America
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Language
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Year in Asia-Pacific
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with Quantitative Research
• BA (Hons) Economics and Politics
• BA (Hons) History and Politics
• BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics
• BA (Hons) Sociology and Politics
• LLB (Hons) Law and Politics
Also available as an elective module and available to short term credit students.
Method of assessment
Main assessment methods
Essay (3000 words) (60%)
Written assignment (1500 words) (40%)
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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Identify key issues, events, trends, and developments in the international politics of the Global South
2 Demonstrate an understanding of the historical processes that have informed and shaped the relationship between the Global North and Global South
3 Make meaningful comparisons between the differing politics and experiences of different countries and/or regions within the Global South
4 Demonstrate an ability to describe, study and analyse the issues and events shaping contemporary relations between the Global North and Global South
5 Demonstrate a familiarity with introductory literatures on select regions of the Global South, including Africa, Asia, Latin America and/or the Middle East
6 Deploy key concepts and theories to the study of the international relations of the Global South.
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Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
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