Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1045: International Politics of the Global South

This module descriptor refers to the 2024/5 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Irene Fernandez-Molina (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module will introduce you to the historical construction and evolution of what has come to be called the Global South – formerly known as the ‘Third World’ and the ‘developing countries’ – starting from the processes of colonisation, decolonisation and postcolonial state- and nation-building. You will learn about the position and roles that this varying and heterogeneous grouping of states has had within international politics and the global economy, both during and after the Cold War. Secondly, theories of International Relations (IR) that pay particular attention to the Global South will be critically discussed, including structuralist/dependency/international political economy (IPE) approaches, subaltern realism, and postcolonial and decolonial theories. Consideration will also be given to non-Western contributions to IR and the related problems of sociology of knowledge in the discipline. Finally, thematic sessions will be devoted to understanding the shared or varying features of foreign policy, security and regionalism in the Global South, as well as the Global South’s impact on the global governance of the economy, climate change and migration. No pre-requisites or prior experience needed.

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