The Politics of Globalization

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Mathias Koenig-Archibugi


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Political Science (Global Politics). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The course 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 examined with reference to 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.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the AT. 15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the WT.

This course is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars. There will be a reading week in Week 6 of the Autumn and Winter Terms.

Formative coursework

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

Indicative reading

  • Held, David, Anthony McGrew, David Goldblatt  and Jonathan Perraton (1999), Global Transformations, Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Zürn, Michael, and Pieter de Wilde. "Debating globalization: cosmopolitanism and communitarianism as political ideologies." Journal of political ideologies 21, no. 3 (2016): 280-301.
  • Acharya, Amitav. "After liberal hegemony: The advent of a multiplex world order." Ethics & international affairs 31, no. 3 (2017): 271-285.
  • Milanovic, Branko. "Global income inequality in numbers: In history and now." Global policy 4, no. 2 (2013): 198-208.
  • Go, Julian (2017) Why is Colonialism Over? Field Theory, Global Change, and the Subaltern Effect.
  • Paxton, Pamela, Melanie M. Hughes, and Jennifer L. Green. "The international women's movement and women's political representation, 1893–2003." American Sociological Review 71, no. 6 (2006): 898-920.
  • Xuetong, Yan. "Bipolar rivalry in the early digital age." The Chinese Journal of International Politics 13, no. 3 (2020): 313-341.
  • Börzel, Tanja A., and Michael Zürn. "Contestations of the liberal international order: From liberal multilateralism to postnational liberalism." International Organization 75, no. 2 (2021): 282-305.
  • Lim, Adelyn (2016), “Transnational Organizing and Feminist Politics of Difference and Solidarity: The Mobilization of Domestic Workers in Hong Kong” Asian Studies Review, 40 (1): 70-88.


Essay (100%, 6000 words) in the ST Week 1.

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2022/23: Unavailable

Average class size 2022/23: Unavailable

Controlled access 2022/23: No

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

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