GV4K4      Half Unit
The Politics of Globalization

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Global Politics. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at two groups. Students on the MSc Global Politics are guaranteed access. The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Tuesday 1 October 2019. You will be informed of the outcome by 17:00 on Wednesday 2 October 2019.

Course content

This is the core course of the MSc Global Politics. It examines the nature, the causes and the political consequences of globalization in a variety of domains, including security, culture, the economy, and the environment.  The course aims at enabling students to assess the extent of continuity and transformation in key areas of global politics.

The course  will analyse how globalization shapes and in turn is shaped by, politics within countries, between countries and beyond countries. It will introduce the main approaches to the study of globalization and examine how it affects patterns of conflict, cooperation and competition between a range of politically relevant actors, including governments, political parties and citizens: great powers: intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations:global companies and other non-state groups. These patterns of patterns of conflict, cooperation and competition will be illustrated with examples drawn from a variety of policy domains, such as security, economy, environment, health and migration. The course will also assess the challenges to and opportunities for democracy in a global age.


11 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT.

There will be a reading week in week 6 of the MT for private study and assessment preparation.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay and 1 presentation in the MT.

All students are expected to produce one written essay plus one short presentation on topics assigned to them.

Indicative reading

Held, David, Anthony McGrew, David Goldblatt  and Jonathan Perraton (1999), Global Transformations, Cambridge: Polity Press. Scholte, Jan Aart (2005). Globalization: A critical introduction. Second edition. Houndmills Basingstoke: Palgrave. Zürn, Michael (2012), Globalization and Global Governance. In Walter Carlsnaes et al., Handbook of International Relations, second edition. London: Sage. Acharya, Amitav, Global Governance in a Multiplex World (June 2017). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2017/29. True, Jacqui. "Explaining the global diffusion of the Women, Peace and Security agenda." International Political Science Review 37, no. 3 (2016): 307-323. Amitav Acharya (2016) ‘Idea-shift’: how ideas from the rest are reshaping global order, Third World Quarterly, 37:7, 1156-1170. Valentini, Laura, 2014. No global demos, no global democracy? A systematization and critique. Perspectives on politics, 12(04), pp.789-807. Zürn, Michael, 2016. Survey Article: Four Models of a Global Order with Cosmopolitan Intent: An Empirical Assessment. Journal of Political Philosophy, 24(1), pp.88-119. Hooghe, Liesbet, and Gary Marks. "Cleavage theory meets Europe’s crises: Lipset, Rokkan, and the transnational cleavage." Journal of European Public Policy (2017): 1-27. Xiao, Ren (2013). Debating China’s Rise in China. In: Friedman, R., Oskanian, K., & Pardo, R. P. (Eds.). After Liberalism?: The Future of Liberalism in International Relations. Palgrave Macmillan. Koenig-Archibugi, M.  (2018) International Organizations and Democracy: An Assessment. In: L. Cabrera (ed.), Institutional Cosmopolitanism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Fuchs, Diana (2013). Theorizing the Power of Global Companies. In:  J. Mikler (ed.) Handbook of global companies, Wiley, 77-95. Fairfield, Tasha. "Structural power in comparative political economy: perspectives from policy formulation in Latin America." Business and Politics 17, no. 3 (2015): 411-441. Wilson, Kalpana. "Worlds beyond the political? Post-development approaches in practices of transnational solidarity activism." Third World Quarterly (2017): 1-19.

A reading list with further readings will be provided at the beginning of the teaching term.


Essay (100%, 5000 words).

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2018/19: 26

Average class size 2018/19: 13

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills