Globalisation (Online)

Course details

From £280.00
10 CATS points

Mon 16 Sep 2019 - Fri 29 Nov 2019

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.

For information on how the courses work, and a link to our course demonstration site, please click here.

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.

Recommended reading

To participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to buy the following book:

Michie, J., 2017, An Advanced Introduction to Globalisation, Edward Elgar, paperback version

Also available as an ebook via:

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The course will also include a range of other readings including journals articles, book chapters, working papers and reports. All these additional readings will be made available to students within the course website.


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.

For more information on CATS point please click on the link below:

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 both course assignments and actively participating in the course forums. Certificates will be available, online, for those who qualify after the course finishes.

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.


Home/EU Fee: £280.00
Non-EU Fee: £300.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00

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

Assessment for this course is based on two written assignments - one short assignment of 500 words due half way through the course and one longer assignment of 1500 words due at the end of the course.

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


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

Level and demands

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