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Fragmentation and Integration in Global Politics


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor and tutor: Professor Alex Colas
  • Assessment: a 3500-word essay (90%) and seminar log (10%)

Module description

This module considers globalisation as a process that both integrates various parts of the world and simultaneously fragments the planet politically and socio-economically. By using concepts and theories from international relations and global political economy, the module offers an analytical primer into the nature of global politics today.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Introduction to Global Politics, Governance and Security
  • Revisiting Globalisation Theory
  • Democracy and Global Governance
  • Regionalism in Global Governance
  • Globalisation, Development and Security
  • Global Governance and Nuclear Proliferation
  • International Organisations
  • Geo-economics
  • Geopolitics
  • The Governance of Climate Change

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will:

  • understand and be able to evaluate key concepts, theories and debates regarding global politics and global governance
  • be able to critically assess the historical impact of globalisation and multilateralism in the international system today
  • understand and be able to evaluate arguments concerning the relationship between states, social forces and international organisations in global politics
  • have developed skills of critical thinking, enquiry, synthesis, analysis and evaluation that can be employed on other modules studied at this level.