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Globalization of World Politics

Module titleGlobalization of World Politics
Module codePOL1017
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Brieg Powel (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module introduces you to the discipline of International Relations, to the key moments in the historical development of the international political system and how these historical processes have shaped and been shaped by thinking within this academic discipline. You will develop an understanding of the core concepts and theories used within the field, the historical context in which they developed, and thereby understand how to evaluate them and use them for yourself.

Module aims - intentions of the module

  • To introduce you as first year politics students to the important sub-field of International Politics within the discipline of politics.
  • To introduce you to the key moments in the historical development of the international political system
  • To familiarise you with the core concepts used within the field.
  • To provide you with some of the analytical tools necessary to evaluate them.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. categorise and evaluate core concepts in international relations;
  • 2. describe, categorise and interpret the historical development of the international system;
  • 3. review and recall key historical moments in international history;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. distinguish among theoretical, conceptual and empirical lines of inquiry;
  • 5. demonstrate awareness of the key concepts used with the field;
  • 6. engage in comparative and critical analytical work;

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. study independently;
  • 8. communicate effectively in speech and writing;
  • 9. research & critically evaluate information;
  • 10. work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Introduction to IR
  • History and the Making of the Modern World
  • How do we think about the world?
  • Why is the world divided into states?
  • What is Power?
  • Inequality & economics
  • Identity
  • Violence and Security
  • Empire and colonialism
  • Thinking ecologically
  • Revision

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and teaching activity 16.511 x 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and teaching activity 1010 x 1 hour tutorials
Guided Independent Learning 73.5Preparation and completion of course work
Guided Independent Learning 50Preparation for tutorials


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay outline300 words1-9Written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay 502,000 words 1-9Written
Exam502,000 words/1 week1-10Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Essay Essay (2,000 words)1-9August/September reassessment period
ExamExam (2,000 words/1 week)1-10August/September reassessment period


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Baylis, John, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens (eds) (2017), The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 

Dunne, Tim, Milja Kurki and Steve Smith (eds) (2016) International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 

Edkins, Jenny, and Zehfuss, Maja (eds.) (2019) Global Politics A New Introduction, 3rd edition (London: Routledge).

Heywood, Andrew (2014), Global Politics (Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan). 

Jackson, Robert and George Sørensen (2016), Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

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