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IR3032   Globalisation and its Disjunctures

Academic year(s): 2023-2024

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 10.00 am Thu

Debates concerning globalisation have intensified since 9/11, the US-led intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq, the emergence of various Islamist groups that proclaim jihad, the proliferating security concerns around the world (particularly following the Madrid and London bombings), debates concerning the environment, and the rise of the new economic powers of China and India. Globalisation is a complex phenomenon that is defined in so many different ways that it is difficult to know what it means and to predict its potential utility. The literature on globalisation is diverse in terms of the specific approaches adopted and conclusions reached. There is no single theory of globalisation. Rather globalisation involves complex dialectical processes of homogenisation and differentiation, integration and fragmentation, and universalisation and particularlisation. The purpose of this module is to critically explore both the theory and practice of globalisation and its disjunctures in the contemporary world.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: To be confirmed

Intended learning outcomes

  • Examine the relationship between the theory and practice (or reality) of contemporary processes of globalization.
  • Critically engage with what is meant by globalization.
  • Examine how such processes impact on the global North and South.
  • Explore the economic, political and cultural dimensions of globalization.
  • Critically engage with literature of the politics of resistance in the South (and to demonstrate this through case studies of contemporary movements).