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GOVT6123: Globalisation and Governance

It is widely believed that we are entering a new era in which the transborder flows of capital, goods, ideas, and people are rapidly transforming human society. 'Globalisation', many claim, threatens the autonomy of nation-states and erodes the power of national governments to provide social protection and promote the nation's economic prosperity. This unit examines not only the causes and mechanisms of this process, but also assesses its social, economic, and political impacts. The views of radicals, transformationalists, skeptics, and institutionalists are compared and criticised. While globalisation is often viewed as a singular process, trending towards a global society, this unit offers a distinctive approach. Globalisation has uneven and highly differentiated impacts, whether harmful or beneficial, and this unevenness is closely associated with the nature of institutions of governance, at both the domestic and international levels.

Code GOVT6123
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Critically evaluate underlying theories, concepts, assumptions, limitations and arguments in disciplinary and cross-disciplinary fields of study
  • LO2. Present coherent arguments when recommending solutions and critically evaluating theories in major fields of study
  • LO3. Research using archives, libraries, the web and other sources of information
  • LO4. Demonstrate openness to new ways of thinking and appreciate the importance of intellectual curiosity and reflection as the foundation for continuous learning
  • LO5. Demonstrate the capacity to deal with ethical and other issues in business, government and social contexts in relation to personal and professional lives
  • LO6. Confidently and coherently communicating, orally and in writing, to a professional standard in major fields of study.