Political Change: Politics and International Business (L2001)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

The relationship between the state, the private sector and wider society is in flux, in both developed and developing countries. The module will introduce different types of institutions and actors that play a role in regulating international business, including international organisations, corporations and NGOs. It will consider how they shape policy in the areas of environmental standards, labour markets, human rights and anti-corruption. The module will outline relevant theoretical debates, regarding new public management theory, voluntary private regulation, and the role of civil society organisations and networks. The relationships between politics and business will be considered in developed and developing-country contexts. You will be encouraged to evaluate the impact of these emerging forms of governance in terms of effectiveness, representativeness, social impact and accountability.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

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.


This module is offered on the following courses: