UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


UCL European & International Social & Political Studies


ESPS0032 - Global Politics

Course value: 15 credits
Convenor: Dr. Brian Klaas
Duration: One term (Term 1)
Teaching structure: One-hour lecture and one-hour seminar
Assessment: 2 assessed essays of 2,500 words (50% each)
Available to: Second Years, Final Years and Affiliates (BA ISPS students may apply to join this module in their first year)
Module level: Intermediate

Course Description:

Since the end of the Cold War, the world has become increasingly interconnected, giving rise to a series of new problems that are truly global in scope: climate change, terrorism, trafficking, migration, pandemics, social media, international trade, cross-border genocide, etc. Similary, there is a dizzying array of international forces that seek to control, harness or exploit global challenges, ranging from transnational corporations to international non-government organizations to trade organizations and regional alliances. This module will provide students with an overview of the core challenges facing the international community and the attempts being made to solve them in an unprecedented era of globalization and interconnectedness.