MA Political Science - European Politics & Policy Pathway (Research Route) / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Critical Globalisation Studies

Unit code POLI70282
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Politics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course will provide a critical examination of the political economy of globalisation. Students will be introduced to the main debates on the impact of globalisation on world order and of the issues surrounding the historical emergence of a global economy. The course is organised so as to provide a background understanding of international political economy after the Second World War, the global turn towards the ‘free market’, and then to explore a series of major issues that provide windows onto the encompassing process of globalisation: production; money and finance; trade; governance; economic and climate crises; the politics of anti-globalisation and anti-austerity; and the more recent resurgence of reactionary forms of politics across the world.

Aims

This course will provide a critical examination of the political economy of globalisation. Students will be introduced to the main debates on the impact of globalisation on world order and of the issues surrounding the historical emergence of a global economy. The course is organised so as to provide a background understanding of international political economy after the Second World War, the global turn towards the ‘free market’, and then to explore a series of major issues that provide windows onto the encompassing process of globalisation: production; money and finance; trade; governance; economic and climate crises; the politics of anti-globalisation and anti-austerity; and the more recent resurgence of reactionary forms of politics across the world.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding: Students will develop and have the opportunity to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of contemporary literatures and debates on the political economy of globalisation.

 

Intellectual skills: Students will critically engage with theoretically-driven interpretations of contemporary political, economic and social events, and will put these approaches to work in the original critical analysis of central dimensions of globalisation, and in the deconstruction of the policy documents and vision statements of some of the key ‘agents’ of the process. They will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of the critique of globalisation; possess a knowledge of a range of different issues connected with globalisation and the emergence of a global economy; be able to evaluate policy documents and critical analyses concerning issues related to globalisation; and will formulate their own opinions on the political-economic challenges brought about by globalisation.

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities: Students will be encouraged to exercise and demonstrate their own independent critical judgement of literature, arguments, and events. The module will foster improved writing, debating, teamwork and presentation skills, as well as the capacity to summarise, criticise and mobilise complex ideas.

 

As with other modules in Politics, this module will be useful for students wishing to develop and demonstrate skills that can be applied in a wide range of different jobs, voluntary roles, internships and work placements.  It could be particularly useful for people considering careers in the civil service, journalism, think tanks, research and policy, and charitable organizations.

 

Teaching and learning methods

2-hour seminar once a week for 10 weeks

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 25%
Written assignment (inc essay) 75%
  1. 3,000 word assessed essay (75% of final mark)
  2. Group Activity (25% of final mark)

Recommended reading

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).
  • Brenner, N (2014) Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Berlin: Jovis)
  • 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

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 130

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Stuart Shields Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Timetable

 

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