University of Sussex Business School

Trade, (De)Globalisation, & the New Merc (L2076A)

Trade, (De)Globalisation, and the New Mercantilism

Module L2076A

Module details for 2019/20.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module interrogates the crises and tensions that have shaken today’s global trade system to the core. We develop a critical International Political Economy (IPE) approach to explore how trade has been governed, conducted and increasingly contested over the past two decades, and examine the new instruments and alliances that are being forged to reshape the geographies of production, exchange, and investment. In doing so, we assess the debate over a “new mercantilism” and the seismic shift in the form and direction of capitalist globalisation this portends, as well as the limits to and possibilities for a more ethical and sustainable trade system.

Module learning outcomes

Develop a systematic and critical understanding of the key actors and institutions as well as the values, interests, conflicts and crises that shape the contemporary global trading system.

Employ and critically engage with the principal conceptual approaches to the study of global trade.

Critically evaluate the problems and possibilities of existing, emerging, and alternative forms of global trade.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT1 Week 7 100.00%
Essay (3500 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:0070.00%

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


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

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar3 hours11111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Melanie Richter-Montpetit

Assess convenor

Dr Julian Germann


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