Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Critical Globalisation Studies
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course involves critical examination of the political economy of globalisation in theory and practice, providing an advanced introduction to the diverse field of critical globalisation studies. Students will engage with critical theory to discuss defining characteristics and crisis conditions of globalisation. The course provides students with increased understanding of the historical emergence of a globalised economy and of the impacts of globalisation on world order. Students will grapple with critical theoretical debates that illuminate a series of major issues in processes of globalisation. The course begins with a situated introduction to critical studies of globalisation, then proceeds to explore the connections between globalisation and ideology, neoliberalism, capitalism, and neo-colonialism. The latter part of the course considers the implications for globalisation of feminist analyses of social reproduction, of environmentalist concerns about ecological systems collapse, of global developmentalism and its connections to production and consumption, and of movements seeking alter- and anti- globalisation in both progressive and reactionary forms. The course concludes with a discussion of utopian and dystopian thought and its bearings for imaginaries of global futures.
Teaching and learning methods
2-hour seminar once a week for 10 weeks
|Written assignment (inc essay)||75%|
There is no textbook for this course, and all the readings can be found on Blackboard, online, or in the library. However, useful advanced introductions to some of the diverse topics addressed in this course include the following:
- Appelbaum, R. & Robinson, W. (eds.) (2005) Critical Globalization Studies (London: Routledge).
- Dicken, P. (2015) Global Shift: Mapping the Contours of the World Economy, 7th edition (Guildford Press).
- Harvey, D. (2014) Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (New York: Profile)
- Moore, J (2016) Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History and the Crisis of Capitalism Oakland: PM Press
- Peck, J. (2010) Constructions of Neoliberal Reason (Oxford: OUP)
- Rupert, M. (2000) Ideologies of Globalization (London: Routledge).
- Santos, M (2017) Toward An Other Globalization: From the Single Thought to Universal Conscience Springer
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|Robert Watt||Unit coordinator|