SOC40230 Economic Globalisation and Social Change

Academic Year 2022/2023

Globalisation is a contested idea. For some it implies a new world where social practices must adapt to market 'realities'. For others it has become a code word for neoliberal capitalism. This course examines this contested meaning by seeking to de-mystify some of social features of the global economy. It looks at the globalisation of trade, finance and production and examines the impact that they have on social movements. It also looks at the relationship between the nation state, multinational corporations and the globalised economy. It assess the possibilities for resistance and human agency. Finally, the course looks at the variety of critiques made by the anti-globalisation movement.For further information on module outline please see:

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completition of the course students should have* A broad overview of the social processes behind the globalisation of finance, production and trade.* Be aware of the historical role of the state and its changing relationship with the global economy.* Be familiar with some of the issues that face social movements such as the labour movement and the environmental movement as they confront globalisation.* Be familar with the debate between supporters of globalisation and their critics.

Indicative Module Content:

This course involves a critical examination of some of the main dynamics of late capitalism in an era of globalisation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
A series of one hour lectures followed by group discussion based on student introductions. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: Review of reading plus introduction to class Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Project: PROJECT 3000 words Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback after submission of written work. Feedback also available during consultation hours.