Globalisation: Critical Perspectives from the Global South POLITIC5099

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore the varied social, political, economic and ecological effects of globalisation on the Global South. It will invite students to examine North-South power disparities and consider how these power structures shape the functioning of the global economy.


The timetable for this course will be made available to students at the beginning of the academic year. There is no guarantee that this course will run in any given year. For further information, please check the Politics and International Relations Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

General requirements for entry to PGT level.

No prior experience or study of economics is necessary.

Excluded Courses





Participation (15%)

Case study blog, 1000 words (25%)

Essay, 2500 words (60%)

Course Aims

This course aims to introduce students to critical approaches to the study of Global Political Economy. It will equip students with the analytical tools to understand and explain the power structures that have underpinned the development of globalisation and its effects in the Global South. It will focus on a series of empirical events, policy debates and political controversies that constitute key issues of globalisation in the Global South, such as legacies of colonialism, global trade, inequality and development, and the climate emergency.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Discuss the variegated impacts of globalisation in the Global South across multiple issue areas.

2. Explain the complex interactions between economic and political factors at a global level that shape North-South power relations, using a variety of analytical frameworks.

3. Critically examine the concepts, policies and economic exchanges that have influenced the development of the global economy.

4. Formulate and compose reasoned arguments, supported by empirical evidence.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.