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The Globalised Economy SPS5016

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine the nature and development of the globalized economy and explore the concept of globalization and the economic theories used to explain its development. Issues to be investigated include the process of globalization in comparative perspective, the participation of various institutions at both micro-economic and macro-economic levels, the variety and diversity inherent in globalization and the impact on economic performance of various economies in the global system.


2 Hours per week over 10 weeks.

Requirements of Entry



Assessment will be through coursework which could include individual essay, class presentation and group work - total equivalent to 4000 words

Course Aims

To introduce and develop understanding of the social, political and cultural dimensions of globalisation

To introduce and investigate core underlying economic relationships and forces in the globalized economy

To analyse the development of globalization and the diverse responses to that development

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to understand and critically assess

■ The nature and development of globalization

■ Economic theories of globalization and key economic concepts associated with globalization

■ The institutions of globalization

■ The economic impact of globalization on different parts of the world and the diverse responses to that impact

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Generic regulations apply