Undergraduate Modules

The Politics of Globalisation

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.

Topics covered on this module:

  1. What is globalisation?
  2. Liberalism
  3. Marxism
  4. Neorealism
  5. The state/globalisation debate
  6. Economics Origins of Globalisation?
  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

First Year, Autumn Semester

Module Code: POL111


  • 11 one-hour lectures
  • 11 one-hour seminars


  • One Essay (50%)
  • One Exam (50%)