Not available in 2013/14
From Empire to Globalization

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Jill Stuart


This course is available on the BSc in Government, BSc in Government and Economics, BSc in Government and History and BSc in Politics and Philosophy. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
The course is capped and only available as an outside option to non-Government students and General Course students when there is space.

Course content

This course will provide a historical and comparative account of changing forms of world order in the modern period. Against the backdrop of the rise and fall of empires, it will examine the changing nature and form of globalization and the rise of new forms of global politics. The course content will cover the following topics though specific lecture titles may change from year to year: the contemporary debate about globalisation; international systems and empires in world history; changes in the nature of military power and war; the evolution of global economic governance; the globalization of migration and environmental concerns; the role of global intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations; global communications and culture; the nature of US power in the contemporary global order; and core issues of global ethics, citizenship and governance.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of classes in the ST.

Indicative reading

Held, D. and McGrew, A. Globalization/Anti-Globalization, second edition, Cambridge, Polity 2007; D Held & A McGrew (Eds), The Global Transformations Reader, 2nd edn, Polity 2003; C. Brown, 'From International to Global Justice?' in Oxford Handbook of Political Theory, J. Dryzek, B. Honig, & A. Phillips (eds), Oxford, 2006; J. A. Scholte, Globalization: a critical introduction. Second edition, Palgrave 2005; B. Buzan and R. Little, International Systems in World History, OUP, 2000; D. Lieven, Empire, Pimlico, 2003; M. Kaldor, New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era. Polity 1999; R Wade, Is globalization reducing poverty and inequality?, World Development, 2004; A. Walter, World Power and World Money, Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993; UNDP, Making Global Trade Work for People, Earthscan, 2003; T. Rantanen, The Media and Globalization, Sage 2004; A. D. Smith, Nations and Nationalism in a Global Era, Polity 1995; D. Held, and M. Koenig-Archibugi, eds, American Power in the Twenty-First Century, Polity 2004; M.Glasius, The International Criminal Court: A Global Civil Society Achievement, Routledge 2005.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

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