International relations

Global Resistance: Contesting Capital and Coloniality

Module code: L7090S
Level 6
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Essay

In this module, you explore the 'global movement' of opposition to neoliberalism, capitalism and imperialism.

You learn about the global summit protests of the early 21st Century, the Zapatista movement in Mexico, international trade unionism and the most recent anti-austerity protests in Europe.

You look at:

  • the history of global resistance
  • the main concepts and theories used to make sense of resistance – including Marxist, post-structuralist, decolonial, feminist and anarchist approaches
  • political groups who have been hailed as responsible for revolutionary movements, for example the anti-globalisation movement
  • the politics of resistance
  • campaigns against multinational corporations. 

Module learning outcomes

  • Develop a systematic and critical understanding of the key conceptual debates around the theory and practice of resistance in world politics.
  • Develop a detailed conceptual understanding of "global resistance" as it relates to broader debates concerning power, world order and processes of political subjectivisation.
  • Effectively synthesise and communicate the theoretical and empirical uncertainties, ambiguities and limits in the politics of resistance as it relates to specific case studies of political dissent.