Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Globalisation is now a pervasive phenomenon in everyone's lives. This course provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the phenomenon of globalisation. It looks at theories of globalisation and political responses to globalisation. In particular, it considers the way globalisation has impacted on national states, and how states have combined at an international level to counter these effects.

Availability2022 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply core analytical and critical skills in written communication, included critical evaluation of competing information from academic sources;

2. Identify key contemporary theoretical perspectives on globalisation;

3. Critically analyse contemporary political problems in terms of their relationship with broader international and global processes;

4. Identify and analyse contemporary political events in a more coherent global context;

5. Develop an enhanced understanding of the interrelationship between politics and market processes;

6. Identify and summarise key information within the relevant academic scholarship;

7. Identify, define and describe ideas in political science and employ these within verbal communication.


The topics in this course include but are not limited to the following:

  1. The origins of globalisation
  2. The impact of globalisation on national economies
  3. The role of the state in an era of globalisation
  4. The impact of globalisation on work and welfare
  5. Global political responses to globalisation
  6. Economic regionalism as a response to globalisation.


This course has similarities to POLI2140. If you have successfully completed POLI2140 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

10 units in Politics at 1000 level or 30 units at 1000 level.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Research Summary and Oral Exercises (12%)

Written Assignment: Minor Essay (28%)

Essay: Major Essay (40%)

Written Assignment: Thematic Paper (20%)

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.