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GEOGG081 Approaches in Globalisation
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GEOGG081 Approaches in Globalisation


(15 credits)

Term 1 (2013)


Jason Dittmer (convenor), Jurgen Essletzbichler, Alan Ingram, Charlotte Lemanski, Jenny Robinson


This module seeks to ground students' understandings of globalisation in a range of theoretical approaches to globalisation, with specific reference to debates in the fields of geopolitics, political economy, and international development.


The module will comprise four sections. The first part of the module is devoted to exploring a broad range of theoretical perspectives on globalisation, with close attention to how these have changed over time. The other three parts of the module consider these theoretical approaches in greater depth in relation, in turn, to the themes of geopolitics, political economy, and international development. The second part of the module considers the ways in which practices and critiques of geopolitics have emerged out of the processes labelled today as globalisation, and how theorists of geopolitics have in turn attempted to understand globalisation  The third part of the module focuses on the political-economic dimensions of globalisation, placing economic globalisation and political responses to these within the context of complex re-scaling of both political and economic processes in different parts of the world.. The final section of the module takes the practice and theory of international development as one component of the nature of globalisation, with a strong interest in global poverty, wider development policy and the increasingly important role of urbanisation in shaping globalisation and development.


100% coursework – 1 x 3000 word essay.


The course is taught through a series of seminars, including lectures and group discussion.

Learning Outcomes:

Students completing this course will be able to intelligently debate the following topics:

  • The 'end of geography' thesis
  • Time-space compression
  • The spatial fix
  • Financialisation and globalisation
  • Beyond the Washington Consensus (post-Washington, Beijing)
  • Globalisation and urban development
  • Neoliberal globalisation
  • The interrelationship of geopolitics and globalisation
  • Contemporary accounts of the state under conditions of globalisation
  • Cosmopolitanism and social media