The State in an Era Of Globalisation

School: School of Government and Society
Department of Political Science and International Studies

Modular value: 20 credits
Duration: Term 2
Teaching: Two hour meeting every week (20 sessions approx)

The module explores the changing nature of the state in the era of globalization. The module covers themes such as the future of the welfare and social democratic state; the rise of authoritarian capitalism; models of liberal states and other diverse forms of states that are evolving, including the very small states such as tax havens, and those states that appear to be excluded from globalization altogether, otherwise known as 'failed states'.

This module incorporates a mix of lectures and seminars with student presentations.

By the end of this course, students should be able

  • To understand and summarize the role of the state in an era of globalization
  • To identify and explain how the role of the state has changed in the contemporary era
  • To understand, summarise, and discuss the changing role of the state in specific issue areas
  • To evaluate critically the future role of the state in an era of globalization


  • Term two: 1 x 4500 word essay (90%)
  • Term two: Oral presentation (10%)

Related modules:

20 credits - Power and Governance in the World Economy

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.