Understanding Global Markets (L1077)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

The aim of this module is to give you an understanding of key features of the newly emerging globalised world economy. The module therefore comprises four components. The first of these analyses the conceptual background to understanding global markets, as well as examining the underlying changes in technology, which has transformed economic relations between regions and nation states. The subsequent components then use that background in order to focus on the key characteristics and changes in trade, goods and services, capital flow, and movement of people.

The module structure is as follows:

  1. The context
    1. The emergence/development of global markets and understanding what can be meant by globalisation.
    2. The impact of technological change on global markets (information technology, transport costs, etc).

  2. Goods and services
    1. Why do countries trade and why do countries integrate into regional blocs?
    2. The evolution of patterns of trade:
      • Trade volumes
      • Geographical patterns of trade (North-North, North-South, South-South, regional groupings etc)
      • Vertical spcialisation and value chains, outsourcing, offshoring, supply chaining
    3. The role of services in the global economy ad the evolution of services trade.

  3. International Capital flows: multinationals and foreign direct investment – theory and data.
    1. Short run capital flows: global capital markets and origins of financial and exchange rate crises.

  4. Labour Migration
    1. Why workers migrate: individual and family motives.
    2. The impact of migration on the home market and on the host market.


69%: Lecture
31%: Seminar


20%: Coursework (Essay)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 32 hours of contact time and 118 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.