Undergraduate Modules: POL111 - The Politics of Globalisation

Module Code

POL 111

Module Title

The Politics of Globalisation


Level 1


Semester 1


20 credits

Taught by:

Professor John Hobson, Lecturer in Politics

Module Description:

This module introduces globalisation with an emphasis on the way this term is interpreted. It introduces some broad theoretical and critical frameworks through which to understand globalisation and globalisation theory more fully. Above all, the module will provide a critical introduction to theories of globalisation and of IR by considering the problems of history, the exaggeration of structures and elites as well as the issue of Eurocentrism that underpin them all. And it offers up solutions to these pervading problems as a way forward.

Module Aims:

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main issues and themes of contemporary world politics and an awareness of the different theoretical explanations of these issues and themes.
  • Apply conceptual tools such as globalisation to an understanding of contemporary issues, distinguish between different kinds of actors and processes in international politics, and assess, in comparative and historical terms, trends in international politics.
  • Demonstrate appropriate cognitive, communicative and transferable skills, including understanding basic concepts and theories, contributing to seminar discussions, using library and internet resources, and constructing reasoned arguments.

This module also equips students with a range of important transferrable skills, which
are vital in terms of employability, including working independently and as part of a
team; managing a varied workload; assimilating and synthesising multiple data sources;
constructing coherent arguments; and preparing written reports and verbal presentations.

Module Schedule:

1 What is globalisation?
2 Liberalism
3 Marxism
4 Neorealism
5 The state/globalisation debate
6 Economics Origins of Globalisation?
Reading Week
7 Introduction to Postcolonialism
8 Globalisation before Globalisation?
9 Civilisational Clash vs Liberal Uniformity
10 IR, Human rights and Free Trade
11 Resistance & everyday agency

Teaching Methods:

  • 11 * 1 hour lectures
  • 11 * 1 hour seminars


  • Essay - 50% of mark
  • Exam - 50% of mark

Resources Available:

  • Individual feedback and guidance sessions with module tutors.
  • Detailed 20-30 page module handbook
  • Dedicated module intranet site.
  • Extensive library materials, including a wide variety of electronic and digitised resources.

Indicative Reading:

Baylis, J., Smith, S., Owens, P. (2010) The Globalization of World Politics, fifth edition. Oxford:
Oxford University Press.

Scholte, J.A. (2000) Globalization: a Critical Introduction. New York, NY: St Martin’s Press.

What our Students Say:

‘Really interesting module led by an interesting lecturer. The Seminars helped further knowledge touched on in lectures and assisted with any issues regarding course content. Overall I'm very satisfied with the standard of lectures and the seminars that followed. John Hobson definitely gave great value for money!’

‘Excellent course. Excellent seminars. Always good to have a lecturer who brings us their own views on the subject.’