Introduction to Globalisation

Module code: POPP 1402

Module description

This module provides a multidisciplinary background to globalisation process with particular reference to the disciplines of sociology, politics/IR and international business.

It aims to help students;

  1. Improved their ability to critically assess their own attitudes, and those of others, to global and environmental issues.
  2. Become aware of the historical background to current global and environmental issues.
  3. Developed an improved awareness of relationship between the basic problems individuals face - poverty, lack of health care, pollution etc. and the economic and political models adopted by the government of the country they live in.

Topics covered will include:

  • The communications revolution and the formation of opinion
  • Colonialism and De-colonisation
  • Keynesian state management
  • The development debates
  • The rise of Neo liberalism
  • The 1980s debt crisis and the 2007/8 banking crisis
  • Global Institutions: IMF and World Bank, WTO UN
  • Environmental politics
  • Global commodity markets
  • Food supply
  • Aid and Sustainable / non sustainable development
  • Standard of living / Public services; health, education
  • Multinationals, government and democratic control
  • Academic writing skills and debating skills

Contact hours per student per year

  • Enhancement: 28 hours


  • Essay (1500 words): 35%
  • Essay (1500 words): 35%
  • Reflective Journal (1000 words): 30%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books