Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
The Third World in International Politics
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 2 hour lecture-seminar blended session


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,250 word essay  35%
Semester Assessment Seminar performance    15%
Semester Assessment 1 x 1,000 word book or film review  10%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (1 x 2 hour) pre-seen paper  40%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 1,250 word assignment in lieu of seminar performance  15%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,250 word essay  35%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 1,000 word book or film review  10%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   (1 x 2 hour exam) pre-seen paper  40%

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • assess the impact of the global economy on Third World states, societies and economies;
  • assess the impact of international political relations on Third World states, societies and economies;
  • assess the impact of cultural representations and conflicts on Third World states, societies and economies;
  • consider whether economic, political or cultural factors are the most important determinants of North-South relations, and
  • engage with normative questions about how and whether North-South relations should be changed or restructured.

Brief description

The aims of this module are to understand the causes and dynamics of political and socio-economic changes in the developing world, and to examine the place of the Third World in the contemporary international system through its relations with the developed world, and the way these relations influence and structure Third World states and societies


The learning aims and objectives of the module are threefold: First, it explores the place of the developing world within the global economy, by analyzing the relationship between states and markets through the understanding of free or fair trade as concepts of central importance to the Third World and North-South relations. Secodn, it examines the societal and cultural aspects of the developing world in order to explore how Western cultural representations of the Third World affect North-South relations, and also explores cultural, religious and ethno-nationalist conflicts within the developing world. Thrid, it focuses more directly on global issues ? i.e. failed states and sustainable development, examining whether the changing nature of global politics has transformed Third World politics and societies


Session 1 Introduction
Session 2 Theories of Development
Session 3 Postcolonial Development
Session 4 Ethno-politics and Nationalism
Session 6 Religion and Politics
Session 7 Human Rights and the Muslim Veil
Session 8 Failed States
Session 9 Fair Trade
Session 10 Environmental Issues
Session 11 Conclusions and Revision

Transferable skills

You will have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of transferable skills on this module. Throughout the course you will be able to practice and enhance your reading, comprehension and thinking skills, as well as basic numeracy and time management. In lectures you will be able to practice listening and note taking abilities as well as analytical skills. Preparation for seminars will encourage your research skills, with particular reference to making use of information technology. In seminars opportunities will be provided to practice analytical, listening, explaining, debating and problem solving skills. There will also be many occasions to develop team-working and presentation skills. The essay will encourage you to exercise your abilities in independent research, writing and use of IT, while the examination will assess these skills under conditions of limited time.

10 ECTS credits

Reading List

Recommended Text
Caroline Thomas (2000) Global Governance, Development and Human Security Pluto Primo search Nassau Adams (1992) Worlds Apart: The North-South Divide and the International System Zed Primo search
Supplementary Text
Adams Worlds apart Key BooksA clear analysis of post-1945 developments in North-South relations, and of the growing economic divide between North and South. London ; Atlantic Highlands, N.J : Zed Books Primo search Cammack, Paul A. Third World Politics Readings for the second half of the moduleEspecially useful for its excellent comparative discussions of individual countries and regions. edition 2r.e. Macmillan Primo search Chossudovsky The globalization of poverty Key BooksA bold and provocative critique of the neo-liberal orthodoxy for the Third World, with extensive use of case studies. London; Zed Books Malaysia Primo search Clapham, Christopher Third World Politics Readings for the second half of the moduleA very useful overview (though a bit old now), focusing on state forms and state-society relations in the Third World. edition n.e. Routledge Primo search Haynes Politics in the developing world Readings for the second half of the moduleA new edition of Jeff Haynes, Third World Politics: A Concise introduction (1996) Malden, MA ; Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Primo search Haynes Third World politics Readings for the second half of the moduleVery accessible. Cambridge, Mass ; Oxford : Blackwell Primo search Hoogvelt, Ankie M.M. Globalisation and the Postcolonial World Key BooksA slightly more difficult but very clear account of the development of the global capitalist system, emphasizing the quite different characters of different regions within the post-colonial world. edition 2r.e. Palgrave Primo search Stiglitz, Joseph E. Globalization and Its Discontents Key BooksA clear and incisive critique of IMF policy by a Chief Economist at the World Bank. edition n.e. Penguin Primo search Thomas, Caroline Key BooksA clear but rather polemical examination of the role of the international institutions and transnational corporations in the Third World. Pluto P. Primo search

Ankie Hoogvelt (2001) Globalization and the Postcolonial World: The New Political Economy of Development Palgrave Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6