module specification

GI4006S - Global Politics, Economy and Society (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Global Politics, Economy and Society
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
110 hours Guided independent study
40 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Essay 2,000
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Monday Morning

Module summary

• To introduce and examine the principle institutions of global economic governance
• To  explore the impact of these institutions on the process of development.
• to provide the skills necessary for comparative analysis;
• To enhance the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
• To develop competence in discussion


- Power and Inequality in the Global Economic Order: LO1

the development challenge LO2
- Trade and Finance in a Global Order LO2
- Aid and Development LO2

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

This module is taught over 15 weeks, made up of a two-hour lecture + workshop and an hour of seminar work. Students will be expected to engage with the Virtual Learning Environment; be able to retrieve ‘posts’ from the lectures and supplementary teaching materials, and handle information from Internet sources, journals and books (enhancing academic literacy). As students acquire knowledge of issues, theories and themes under discussion, seminar work enhances communication and problem-solving skills and ‘real world’ group-work (oral group presentation and written summary); An introduction to comparative study develops critical and conceptual skills as well as numeracy and analysis. Written and formative feedback aims to empower students, develop their written expression and study skills, and gain through self-reflection.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. Understand key debates about power and inequality in the Global Economic Order

2. Understand key debates about the challenges of development and the role of the international trade and financial order in facilitating/inhibiting this process

Assessment strategy

This module will be assessed through the production of a written essay. Formative assessment encompasses a short, reflective essay in week 4 (in accordance with university requirements).



J. Ravenhill, Global Political Economy 2016
Desai, V. & Potter, R.(eds) The Companion to Development Studies, 2014

Burnell, P., Randall, V. & Rakner, L. (2008) Politics in the Developing World, OUP. 3rd ed.
Greig, A., Hulme, D. & Turner, M.(2007) Challenging Global Inequality. Development Theory and Practice in    the 21st Century, Palgrave Macmillan
Willis, K. (2011) Theories and Practices of Development, Routledge
D. Balaam, Introduction to International Political Economy, 2011
Burnell, P., Randall, V. & Rakner, L. Politics in the Developing World, 2008.
Calvert, P. & Calvert S. (2011) Politics and Society in the Developing World, (3rd ed.)