Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject we examine how globalisation is understood in the context of international relations, including the institutional architecture and policy implications of globalisation in different issue-areas and the ethical challenges posed by these shifts in global politics. The subject examines these themes in three parts. In Part A, we explore the theoretical debates about globalisation, focussing specifically on understanding global governance and conceptualising the role of nation-states and other actors in the contemporary world. In Part B, we take a look at the main issue-areas to explore the nature and extent of contemporary globalisation and the implications of these processes for governance within and between states. In Part C, we address the main ethical challenges posed by contemporary globalisation, focussing on the problem of poverty, environmental degradation, and the impacts of globalisation on democracy.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment Politics Honours (AHA) or International Relations Honours Program (AHIR), or coordinators approval


Incompatible subjects POL5GAG

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one 2,250 word take-home exam25
one 2,250-word policy brief25
one 4,500-word research essay50