Module Identifier GGM1030  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Martin R Jones  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Professor Mark A Goodwin, Dr Rhys A Jones  
Course delivery Lecture   11 x 1.5 hrs (as part of 3 hour sessions)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   11 x 1.5 hrs (as part of 3 hour sessions)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Course Work: 1 long essay (max 4,000 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Course Work: 2 essays (max 2,000 words each - 20% each)  40%
Semester Assessment Presentation:  10%
Supplementary Assessment Students will have to resubmit any component of the above which they fail to complete to a satisfactory standard. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to

Brief description

This core module will introduce students to the relations between states, systems of governance, and territory. It will explore the historical, social, economic and political construction of states and how they achieve and maintain their political and social power. This will be followed by a series of conceptual cuts into the changing form and function of the modern 'welfare state' and the changing political geographies of the state in an era of globalisation. The module will also consider the complex processes in and through which the contemporary nation state is being challenged at a number of levels and through a variety of spatial scales.


Course philosophy and approach

1. Globalisation in question

Section 1: Building States and Territory

2. The end-state of globalisation: towards a borderless world?
3. Beginning-state: stateless socieites and human territorialities
4. Sate and society: early formations of the European state
5. Modern states as 'power containers'
6. Postmodern and new medieval territorialities

Section 2 : Theorising State and Economic Restructuring

7. Regulation theory I : themes and issues
8. Regulation theory II : state theory and 'hollowing-out'
9. Regulation theory III : governance and the politics of scale

Section 3: Contesting the State

10. Globalisation from below: cultural politics and pluralism
11. Globalisation from above: European challenges

Reading Lists

Painter J (1995) Politics, Geography, and Political Geography
Storper M (1997) The Regional World: Territorial Development in a Global Economy
Taylor P and Flint C (1999) Political Geography: World-Economy, Nation-State and Locality
Weis L (1998) The Myth of the Powerless State
Amin A (ed) (1994) Post-Fordism: A Reader
Amin A and Thrift N (eds) (1994) Globilisation, Institutions, and Regional Development in Europe
Anderson J et al (1995) A Global World? Re-Ordering Political Space
Cox K (ed) (1997) Spaces of globalisation: Reasserting the power of the local
Jessop B (1990) State Theory: Putting Capitalist States in their Place
Mann (1986) Sources of Social Power
Ohmae K (1995) The End of the Nation State


This module is at CQFW Level 7