Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM144: The West, Civilisations and World Order

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Gregorio Bettiza (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The United States and European states and institutions form one of the most successful security, economic and political alliances ever in the history of world politics: the transatlantic alliance. So much so that this alliance is often conceptualized as constituted by a deeper sense of community among nations and peoples seen as sharing a common identity generally referred to as ‘the West’. Concerns about the power, role, boundaries, values, hegemony, or decline of ‘the West’ have become ubiquitous among analysts and practitioners of international relations across the world. This module explores and critically assesses the internal dynamics and external influences of the transatlantic community and ‘the West’ in shaping and influencing the contours of contemporary world order.

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