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Unit information: The Politics of the Global South in 2022/23

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Unit name The Politics of the Global South
Unit code POLI10004
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Egle Cesnulyte
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

The unit will interrogate the socio-economic and political change associated with European expansion and colonialism. It will take historical perspective to introduce students to some key features of global political economy (in the past and today), including processes of production and appropriation, inequalities, social justice, and social change in the making of the Global South. The module is based on the premise that colonialism had profound effects on the formation of both the Global North and the Global South and that this historical knowledge is necessary to understand global processes today.

Unit aims:

  • To examine the political and economic history of colonialism and to explore the role that colonialism in the Americas, Africa and Asia plays in the making of the contemporary world
  • To analyse what the impact of colonialism has been in the modern world, what its continuing legacies may be and how the recent efforts of some actors to address these legacies have fared (i.e. reparations for slavery debate, ‘fair trade’ initiatives).
  • To introduce students to some of the relevant key concepts in social sciences.

Your learning on this unit

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the historical factors underlying differences in the social, economic and political differences between the Global North and the Global South
  • analyse the role of colonialism in formation of the global capitalist economy
  • critically reflect on the role of domination, subordination, violence, and theft in the making of wealth and poverty

How you will learn

The unit will be taught through blended learning methods, including a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities

How you will be assessed

1000 word report (25%) 2000 word essay (75%)

Both assessments test all Learning Outcomes listed above


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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