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Globalisation and Regionalisation

Course outline

This course analyses selected key topics in globalisation and regionalisation in the world economy. These include:

  • understanding globalisation and trends in globalisation;
  • the evolution and power of multinational corporations and the motives of firms engaged in international business;
  • exploring key threats and opportunities that globalisation poses to both international and domestic business;
  • the ‘governing’ of globalisation;
  • key debates surrounding the relationship between globalisation and the economic development of Least Developed Countries, future energy supplies and global problems such as climate change; and
  • an overview of social and cultural aspects of globalisation.


On successful completion of the course, you should have:

  • acquired an interdisciplinary understanding of current key topics in the field of globalisation and regionalisation;
  • developed a broad-based overview of the role of multinational companies as key actors behind economic globalisation and regionalisation;
  • recognised key determinants explaining the global competitiveness and strategies of international companies;
  • developed a critical understanding of how globalisation has affected and influenced the economic development of Least Developed Countries;
  • become critically engaged with some of the key aspects that lie behind the so-called ‘dark side of globalisation’ ;
  • analysed important global challenges such as ensuring secure future energy supplies and responding to the threat of climate change; and
  • obtained an overview of the challenges associated with governing globalisation and regionalisation.

Teaching and learning methods

First two hours (approximately) lecture with Q&A session followed by one hour (approximately) seminar, with breaks as necessary.

Coursework and assessment

The assessment for this course is based on:

Assessed component Basic requirements Weighting Deadline
Presentation and essay 1 A tutorial presentation and accompanying essay on an assigned topic 20% Week 7
Presentation and essay 2 A tutorial presentation and accompanying essay on an assigned topic 20% Week 12
Examination 2 hour exam paper 60% Week 14

Students should make sure they read and comply with the regulations regarding late submission of coursework and plagiarism set out in the University website.

Background reading / bibliography

The course content covers a wide range of issues and there is no single book that covers all aspects of the course. Each lecture has associated background reading which may include articles, academic or business reports, selected book chapters, or video sources.

We expect students to explore the subjects using their own initiative. They should scan through the readings for each lecture and decide what research will best develop their understanding of the topics. A good basic understanding of every topic is required, and a deeper understanding of some particular themes necessary for the seminar, essay and examination. In order to achieve this, students are encouraged to go beyond the recommended reading list, for example making use of the references and bibliographies provided in relevant books, reports and journal articles.

It is strongly advised that students start reading in advance of each lecture. This way, they will attend classes better prepared to contribute to discussions, and will be able to clarify any questions that might emerge with the lecturer.