Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1045: International Politics of the Global South

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Colonialism, decolonisation and postcolonial state- and nation-building
  • The ‘Third World’ and non-alignment during the Cold War
  • (Under)development, ‘developing countries’ (G-77) and foreign aid
  • Post-Cold War and neoliberal globalisation
  • IR theories: structuralism/dependency/international political economy (IPE), subaltern realism, postcolonial and decolonial theories
  • Foreign policies of ‘dependent’/’weak’/’peripheral’ states of the Global South
  • Security: violent conflicts and intervention, representations of failed states
  • Regionalism in the Global South and South-South cooperation
  • The impact of the Global South on global governance: economic governance, climate change
  • Global migration governance and South-North relations

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities16.511 x 1.5-hour lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities1010 x 1-hour seminars
Guided independent study50Reading for seminars
Guided independent study50Completion of coursework
Guided independent study23.5Exam revision

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).