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Economic Globalisation and Social Change

Module Code: SOC40230 (UCD)

  • ECTS Credit : 10
  • Mandatory/ Optional : Optional
  • Module Coordinator : Dr Kieran Allen, School of Sociology, UCD

Module Description:

Globalisation is a contested idea. For some it implies a new world where social practices must adapt to market 'realities'. For others it has become a code word for neoliberal capitalism. This course examines this contested meaning by seeking to de-mystify some of social features of the global economy. It looks at the globalisation of trade, finance and production and examines the impact that they have on social movements. It also looks at the relationship between the nation state, multinational corporations and the globalised economy. It assesses the possibilities for resistance and human agency. Finally, the course looks at the variety of critiques made by the anti-globalisation movement. 

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module students should be able to:

  • Explain the social processes behind the globalisation of finance, production and trade;
  • Assess the historical role of the state and its changing relationship with the global economy;
  • Critically discuss some of the issues that face social movements such as the labour movement and the environmental movement as they confront globalisation;
  • Engage in debates between supporters of globalisation and their critics.

Lectures & Tutorials/ Contact hours:

  • Module Length: 11 weeks (Michaelmas Term)
  • Workload: Readings: 70hrs; Summative assessment (e.g. essays, journals): 130hrs. Total: 200 hours

Recommended Texts

Key Reading:

  • Harvey, D. (2005) A Short of Neo-Liberalism Oxford, OUP.
  • Hirst, P and Thompson, G. (1996) Globalisation in Question Cambridge, Polity.
  • Waters, M. (1995) Globalisation London, Routledge.


  • 3,000 word group project: 80%
  • Class Presentation: 20%