Trade, (De)Globalisation, and the New Mercantilism (L2076A)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

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
  • examine the new instruments and alliances that are being forged to reshape the geographies of production, exchange, and investment
  • 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.


100%: Seminar


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

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: