The Globalizing World - HU12001

Quick Facts

  • Level 1
  • 20 Credits
  • Semester 2
  • Humanities
  • Coursework 50% Examination 50%
  • This is a multi-disciplinary module and only core on certain MA degree pathways. Please refer to your degree pathway if compulsory. Thursday evening tutorial available 18.00-20.00

Module Details

This module highlights the connections between political, economic, social and cultural aspects of life in an increasingly "globalised" international environment and explores and evaluates the arguments surrounding the nature and extent of the process of globalization in the contemporary international system. 

The following key areas will be explored:

  • The cold war world
  • Decolonization
  • Theories of post-colonialism and post-colonial culture
  • Power in the post-cold war world order
  • The processes of Globalization
  • The United Nations system
  • European integration
  • New security challenges
  • The emerging world economic order

Teaching staff

Lecturers are from Politics, History, English and Geography.


The module will be delivered through two weekly lectures over eleven weeks and one weekly seminar.

Seminars will consist of structured tasks for group work and/or student presentations.

Each week will explore a single distinctive theme within a broader sub-section of the module as a whole.



  • Two essays (25% each = 50%)
  • Unseen exam - 2 hours (50%)


Indicative Reading

  • John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owen (eds), The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations, 4th ed. (OUP, 2008)
  • Peter Calvocoressi, World Politics since 1945, 9th ed.(Pearson Longman, 2009)

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