International relations

Globalisation and Global Governance

Module code: L2025
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

This course complements Introduction to International Political Economy by applying a holistic, political and economic approach to an analysis of the changing character of the contemporary world. It examines the emergence and subsequent decline of the multilateral system and the rise of globalisation, especially the nature of global institutions such as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the G8 meetings. We also cover the rise of a global offshore financial system and delve deeper into the changing nature of state, firm and society in the age of globalisation. The course examines the changing character of the development project, from decolonialisation and the decline of the formal empires to the emergence of the third world and the contemporary debates concerning the nature of development, economic growth, human welfare and the environment.

Assessed by a 3,000-word essay.

Module learning outcomes

  • To investigate the extent to which a distinctive IPE perspective on the study of international relations has been established
  • To assess some of the various approaches to IPE in the context of specific historical events and phenomena
  • To provide a solid historical and theoretical basis for a critical scrutiny of the evolution and contemporary configuration of the global political economy