Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3132: Globalisation and Democratic Politics: the End of the Nation State?

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Dario Castiglione (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will study the contemporary transformation of democratic institutions and democratic politics from the nation-state to the global context. This transformation will be studied first by looking at the values and principles of democracy (liberty, equality, self-government); at the forms of democracy (representative: participatory, deliberative, and constitutional); at the institutions and mechanisms (the majority rule; parliaments, parties; democratic rights and constitutions); and at its conditions (trust, civil society; civic culture). You will l then explore how the transformation of modern societies into multicultural and global interconnected states affects the various aspects of democracy, from its principles to its forms; from its institutions to its conditions. Finally, you will investigate the feasibility of more global, regional, or international forms of democracy, where ideas of borders and of the democratic community become more fluid and undetermined. Is there democracy without the nation state? This is a question that we increasingly confront in real politics all the time. What does it mean, and how we deal with it? This is the main rationale of this module.

There are neither pre- or co-requisite for this module. No specific knowledge is required. A familiarity with the more theoretical literature in politics and social theory is an advantage. This module is suited for interdisciplinary pathways

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