Globalisation and Social Movements since 1945

Modern History (DNU), School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 22790

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1&2

Module description

This module will examine the institutions and processes of globalisation since 1945. This is not an international history module or a history of the world. Rather, it takes its cue from a growing literature which sees `globalisation’ as a key feature of global history over the last half century. It will begin by examining the key institutions of a `new world order’ built after the Second World War; in particular, those connected to the United Nations and Bretton Woods. It will then explore the key actors in the processes of globalisation: inter-governmental organisations, nation states (especially, the USA, USSR and the non-aligned), multinational corporations and non-governmental organisations. Case studies will then be studied of human rights, women’s rights, the politics of consumer society, environmentalism and faith-based activism. Various theories of globalisation will then be examined before the module finishes with an exploration of some of the critiques of globalisation, the alternatives put forward and the debates surrounding the future of global civil society. Student-led seminars will explore these issues through discussion, guided secondary reading, and a consideration of primary documentation.