Module Identifier IP39220  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Stephen Hobden  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours 16 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   8 Hours 8 x 1 hour  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   70%  
  Essay   1 x 2,000 word essay   30%  

This module investigates the changing position of the Third World in global politics and within the study of International Politics. The module begins with an examination of imperialism, which created the national boundaries of the Third World and integrated it into the world capitalist system, and an overview of the various theories and approaches to the study of the Third World. The module then explores the Third World's role and involvement in international trade, including the possibilities for South-South trade and regional integration.

In order to familiarise students with the role and influence of the Third World in the international politics, the module investigates the role of these countries in various international organisations, like the United Nations, and also examines issues relating to non-alignment and a new economic world order.

The final section of the module deals with the Cold War and its aftermath. It explores the way in which many Third World countries were perceived as pawns in a complex game of ideological chess between the superpowers, discusses how and why the West during this period bolstered the power of brutal Third World dictators in the name of anti-communism, freedom and democracy, and before finally focusing on the consequences of the end of the Cold War for the Third World.

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

10 ECTS Credits

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
Anna Dickson. Development and International Relations.
Ray Kieley and Phil Marfleet. Globalisation and the Third World.