Globalisation (Online)


Everybody is talking about 'globalisation' – but what does it really mean? What factors drive globalisation and what are the consequences for all of us? How can and should we govern processes of globalisation? Do we need more or fewer global institutions? Whether you’re interested in the effects of the 2008 credit crunch and global recession, the role of transnational corporations or the impact of emerging technologies this short course will enable you to find out more.

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Programme details

  1. Introduction: What is globalisation?
  2. The global economy: The 2008 credit crunch, recession and recovery
  3. Globalisation in historical context
  4. International trade and industrial policy
  5. The role of transnational corporations and foreign direct investment
  6. Globalisation and economic development
  7. Global inequalities
  8. The globalisation of technology
  9. Towards a low-carbon future?
  10. The future for the world economy


We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.


To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to register and pay the £10 fee.

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Coursework is an integral part of all online courses and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail.

All students who successfully complete this course, whether registered for credit or not, are eligible for a Certificate of Completion. Completion consists of submitting the final course assignment. Certificates will be available, online, for those who qualify after the course finishes.


Description Costs
Course Fee £324.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00


Dr Silvia Saravia Matus

Silvia is an international senior consultant and researcher with 10+ years of experience working for international organizations (FAO, ECLAC, IFAD and European Commission) and governments from Latin America, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. She specializes on Public Policy, Sustainable Development, Inclusive Finance, Poverty Alleviation, Food Security and Urban/Rural Transformations. Silvia obtained her PhD in Economics at the University of Sheffield in 2008 and since 2010, she has been acting as online tutor for the Globalization Course at the University of Oxford. Silvia possesses an extensive record of policy and academic publications which relate to development projects in 10+ different countries with funds of up to 150 M USD.

Course aims

To give students a good understanding of today’s global economy and the process of ‘globalisation’.

Learning outcomes

This course will enable participants to understand current events in the global economy within their historical context, and appreciate the factors that have created the current global economic system. Participants will also be able to see how the various policy options available to governments and international organisations might impact on the global economy.

Assessment methods

You will be set two pieces of work for the course. The first of 500 words is due halfway through your course. This does not count towards your final outcome but preparing for it, and the feedback you are given, will help you prepare for your assessed piece of work of 1,500 words due at the end of the course. The assessed work is marked pass or fail.

English Language Requirements

We do not insist that applicants hold an English language certification, but warn that they may be at a disadvantage if their language skills are not of a comparable level to those qualifications listed on our website. If you are confident in your proficiency, please feel free to enrol. For more information regarding English language requirements please follow this link:


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

Level and demands

FHEQ level 4, 10 weeks, approx 10 hours per week, therefore a total of about 100 study hours.

IT requirements

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.