Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials Seminar. 1 x two hour seminar per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay: 1 x 4,000 words  50%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   50%
Supplementary Exam Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  • That students become familiar with broad outlines of the international history of the century as a whole
  • That they be able to develop soundly-based comparative generalizations about trends and developments over relatively long periods of time
  • That they be able to integrate knowledge about the political, economic, social and strategic aspects of international history
  • That they engage with the problems in trying to write large-scale thematic history

Brief description

The module will trace the development of processes of globalization throughout the twentieth century. In particular, it will investigate the nature of the pre-1914 international economy and balance of power, the impact of the two world wars, the reasons for the apparent disintegration of the inter-war period, the association between globalization and the development of the cold war, and the evidence for a distinctive form of globalization since the 1980s.


The module aims to provide a thematic overview of twentieth century international history around the organizing concept of globalisation. It will explore the utility of this concept to determine whether it is a helpful theme around which to construct a 'macro' interpretation of the century.


This module is at CQFW Level 7