POL8043 : Globalisation, Poverty and Development

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•       To enhance students’ understanding of contending theories of Globalization and to relate these to analyses of global poverty and the problem of ‘Development’
•       To develop an advanced understanding of the problem of poverty, its relation to global ethics and global politics, and its relation to controversies in the literature on Development and Globalization
•       To foster the development of skills including research techniques, case study analysis, and oral presentations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics may include:

Globalization and Global Political Economy
Rural and Urban Poverty in the Global South
Development in Historical Perspective/Theories of Development
Globalization, Poverty and Development
Globalization Development and the Market
Globalization, Development and the State
Globalization, Development and Transnational Corporations
Globalization, Development and Gender
Globalization from Below
Non-Governmental Organizations
The Return of State-Led Development

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1178:00178:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Rationale and relationship to learning outcomes: The 2-hour weekly seminar will involve a combination of a presentation by the module leader and discussion based around presentations by students. The themes of the seminars will relate to the theoretical, methodological and substantive issues outlined in the module aims. The seminar-based teaching and learning methods will enable students to develop employment-related skills such as interpersonal communication, oral presentation, teamwork, planning and organising, information literacy and problem solving.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper2M753,000-word research paper
Essay2M251,000-word critical review of a journal article
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 1,000-word review of a journal article, will provide students with the opportunity to:

-       Select and read in depth an academic journal article
-       Reflect critically on the content of the journal article with reference to the wider subject area
-       Practice their writing skills, in particular, their ability to write in a succinct, but informed manner.

As the first assignment will be due at around mid-point of the module, it will also give the module leader an early opportunity to assess students’ knowledge, thinking skills, writing skills and provide feedback before the Xmas vacation and the submission of the 3,000-word research in January.

Reading Lists