University of Sussex Business School

The Liberal World Order - in Crisis (500IR)

The Liberal World Order - in Crisis

Module 500IR

Module details for 2019/20.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module provides students with the opportunity to identify and assess the nature of the liberal world order and its current crisis. It explores the historical rise of the liberal world order and establishes the relationship between its core political, economic, normative and institutional features. It analyses the aims and outcomes of core liberal foreign, international and transnational policies: democracy promotion, liberal economic policies, humanitarianism and the development of international law, multilateralism and its institutionalisation, interventions and war.

Module learning outcomes

Identify the core principles, practices, institutions and actors of the liberal world order, and comprehend their logic of liberalism

Analyse liberal-internationalist policies

Establish connections between different liberal policies

Evaluate a range of explanations for the crisis of the liberal world order, and ultimately provide a reasoned and well-substantiated assessment of the current crisis

Essay (2500 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 2 Tue 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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Mx Emilia Moscardini-Powers

Assess convenor

Dr Earl Gammon

Assess convenor

Dr Melanie Richter-Montpetit


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