BASS Politics and Criminology / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
The Politics of Globalisation

Course unit fact file
Unit code POLI20711
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
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 after the Second World War;

•      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, formative assessment, and a summative examination

Employability skills

See Additional Notes

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%

Feedback methods

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.

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” 

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Eleanor Gore 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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