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BSc International Business, Finance and Economics with Industrial/Professional Experience

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
The Politics of Globalisation

Unit code POLI20711
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Politics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes



Course Unit Overview

  1. Introduction: The Globalisation Debate
  2. The ‘Golden Age’ of Post-War Capitalism
  3. After the 1970s: ‘neoliberal globalisation’
  4. The Global Restructuring of Production
  5. The Politics of Money and Finance
  6. The Politics of Global Trade
  7. Governance in a Global Era
  8. The ‘Great Recession’ and Crisis in Europe
  9. The Politics of Ant-Globalisation and Anti-Austerity
  10. Conclusion: Brexit, Trump and the Future of Globalisation



This module will provide a critical examination 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, crisis, and the politics of (anti-)austerity.

Learning outcomes


On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:

  • understand basic concepts in the study of globalisation;
  • have knowledge of a range of different issues connected with globalisation and the ¿emergence of a global economy;
  • be able to evaluate different scholars’ interpretation of issues related to globalisation;
  • understand the political challenges brought about by globalisation;
  • Have enhanced critical, evaluative, and communicative skills through participation in class discussions, delivery of class portfolios, and production of course essays

Teaching and learning methods

The course will be taught on the basis of ten two-hour lectures and ten one-hour tutorials. Tutorials will be student-led, involving group work linked to role-play, debate and simulation scenarios.”

Employability skills

See Additional Notes

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 60%
Written assignment (inc essay) 40%

Feedback methods

Politics staff will provide feedback on written work within 15 working days of submission via Blackboard (if submitted through Turnitin).

Students should be aware that all marks are provisional until confirmed by the external examiner and the final examinations boards in June.

For modules that do not have examination components the marks and feedback for the final assessed component are not subject to the 15 working day rule and will be released with the examination results. This applies to Semester 2 modules only. Semester one modules with no final examination will have their feedback available within the 15 working days.

You will receive feedback on assessed essays in a standard format. This will rate your essay in terms of various aspects of the argument that you have presented your use of sources and the quality of the style and presentation of the essay. If you have any queries about the feedback that you have received you should make an appointment to see your tutor. Tutors and Course Convenors also have a dedicated office hour when you can meet with her/him to discuss course unit specific problems and questions.

On assessments submitted through Turnitin you will receive feedback via Blackboard. This will include suggestions about ways in which you could improve your work in future. You will also receive feedback on non-assessed coursework, whether this is individual or group work. This may be of a more informal kind and may include feedback from peers as well as academic staff

Recommended reading

“O'Brien, R. and Williams, M. (2016) Global Political Economy: Evolution and Dynamics, 5th Edition (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).


See also the web site I-PEEL International Political Economy of Everyday Life at” 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 168

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Greig Charnock Unit coordinator

Additional notes

This is a great module 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 organisations.

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