Geopolitics and Globalisation


The process of globalization deeply affects the dynamics of political organization and interaction, both within states and between them.

The aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of the political-geographical dimension of the globalization process.

It will study the ways in which globalization is transforming global spaces of political organization, but at the same time ask if there are enduring geopolitical patterns and tendencies which are not fundamentally reshaped by the globalism of the contemporary world.

Specific topics to be considered include:

  • Debates on the nature of globalization and the reshaping of global politics
  • The effect of globalization on space/power correlations and the creative city
  • Shifting scales of political organization, and influence
  • The challenge of globalization for the nation-state and state sovereignty
  • The superpowers of the future (JC)
  • The age of austerity: the globalisation of money, power and policy
  • Globalization and the geopolitics of national identity


20 hr seminars and workshops. This is a discussion based module so please come to class with points of discussion and comments on the readings.

A set reading will be distributed the week prior to each class. It is expected that we will all have read it as it will form the basis of discussion. Powerpoint presentations etc will be made available via the module's webct page.


A 5000 word project. A free choice is given for the project’s topic and the form it is submitted in (essay, diary format etc) – in consultation with the module lead.

Key skills

  • Extended essay writing skills
  • Discussion of complex and contradictory data sources
  • Presentation skills