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School of Politics and International Relations

POLM026 Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Development

Credits: 30 credits

Semester: Semester B

Timetable: Mondays 14:00-15:00 & 17:00-18:00, and Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 & 12:00-13:00

Contact: Professor Ray Kiely

Availability: Optional module for all MA/MSc and MRes International Relations students


The module provides you with a detailed examination – and critique - of theories of globalisation and assessment of contemporary globalising processes, and how these particularly influence the developing world. 

It examines these influences through detailed analysis of contemporary manifestations of ‘globalisation’, including neo-liberalism, US hegemony and contemporary imperialism, capital flows, global commodity chains, state-market relations, patterns of global inequality, international institutions, and questions of cultural homogenisation/imperialism. The module also examines the ways in which ‘globalisation’ is resisted, focusing on the rise of transnational social movements and NGOs, and the politics of ‘anti-globalisation’, and how this relates to an ostensibly ‘post-development’ era.

In addressing these issues, the module concludes by asking the most important question: how do we think of ‘development’ in an era of ‘globalisation’, US hegemony, neo-liberalism and imperialism?


  • Item 1: 40% Research Essay 1 (2000 words)
  • Item 2: 60% Research Essay 2 (3000 words)
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