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  • Academic Title
    MA in Globalisation and Governance
  • Course description
    The MA in Globalisation and Governance is recognised as
    suitable for receipt of ESRC funding.

    This MA provides students with a comprehensive
    postgraduate education in the study of globalisation and
    governance. Students are able to study a range of taught
    modules which provide a detailed understanding of the
    nature and impact of globalisation upon the institutions and
    processes of governance at every level from the local to the

    Among the topics covered by the degree are the politics of
    globalisation; the theory and practice of governance; the
    developmental state in transition; the governance of
    economic performance; the political economy of
    development and the environment; civilisation and terrorism
    as ideological weapons; the causes and consequences of the
    Asian financial crisis; the governance of international trade;
    and the role of the International Monetary Fund,World Bank
    and World Trade Organization in the governance of the
    global economy. Particular attention will be paid to the
    consequences for globalisation and governance of the
    destruction of the World Trade Centre in New York.

    Programme Structure


    Frameworks of Global Governance: Freedom, Democracy and the
    New Imperialisms

    This module provides an introduction to the key debates
    surrounding the analytic and normative frameworks
    underpinning contemporary governance and globalisation.
    Particular emphasis will be placed on neo-liberalism, classical
    analyses of imperialism and the new imperialist theories, as
    well as to developing insights into these debates using the
    hitherto largely separate debates within democratic theory.

    The aims of this module are to familiarise students with some
    of the key trends in the contemporary scholarship on
    globalisation and governance, and to enable them to develop
    the conceptual resources with which to judge the
    implications for democracy of these two processes.

    Globalisation and Governance in Practice

    This module provides an introduction to the key debates
    surrounding globalisation and governance in practice.

    Particular attention is paid to the conceptions of governance
    which underpin the policies and interventions of key actors in
    the global polity and economy, using the orthodoxy of the
    'Washington Consensus' as a framework for auditing the
    conceptions of governance deployed by major institutions in
    the public and private sectors. The aims of this module are
    to familiarise students with some of the key perspectives on
    governance which are shaping the contemporary world

    15,000 word dissertation on a topic chosen by the student.
    Students must take another 40 credits (usually 2 modules)
    each semester from a list of optional module that includes at

    • Political Economy in Perspective
    • Political Economy of Competitiveness
    • Political Economy of Development and the
    • Critics of Capitalism
    • Terrorism, Civil Disobedience and Dissent
    • The European Union: History,Theory and Institutions
    • The European Union: National and International
    • The International Politics of the Environment I & II
    • Political Economy of the Internet
    • The Digital Economy and the Network Society
    • Political Economy of Southern Europe
    • Democratic Governance in the European Union
    • IR Theory I & II
    • Political Theory of Multiculturalism
    • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
    • Hegel and Marx: Selected texts
    • Discourses of Civilisation and Barbarism

    Why Study Globalisation and Governance at Hull?

    Students are taught by weekly seminars and in small groups.

    This method of teaching ensures that each student is given
    the maximum opportunity to develop his or her knowledge
    of globalisation and governance. On completion of the taught
    module component of the degree, students are given the
    opportunity to research and write a 15000 word dissertation
    on a topic of their choice in globalisation and governance.
    Recent topics for dissertations have included the political
    economy of structural adjustment: a case study of Argentina;
    the political economy of globalisation; the political economy
    of competition policy in the European Union’s single market;
    the political economy of structural adjustment: a case study
    of Jamaica; and the political economy of the third way. This
    Master's degree is run by the Centre for Democratic

    Career Progression:Where are They Now?

    Graduates from the degree's sister programme, the MA
    Global Political Economy have gone on to pursue a variety
    of careers in the public and private sectors, including
    working for NGOs. Four graduates have stayed on at Hull to
    study for PhDs in the political economy of US foreign
    economic policy; the governance of financial markets; the
    governance of world trade; and the political economy of the
    third way. Other graduates have gone on to study for PhDs
    at Rutgers, Leuven, Sheffield and Athens. Further career
    paths have included management consultancy at
    PriceWaterhouseCoopers; financial journalism with Dow
    Jones Capital Markets; administrative work for a Londonbased
    developmental NGO; and administrative work for the
    Tanzanian government.

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