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?

  • Introduction
  • Measuring globalisation
  • Drivers of globalisation
  • A first assessment of the effects of globalisation

2. The global economy: The 2008 credit crunch, recession and recovery

  • The 2008 credit crunch and global recession
  • Recovery
  • The end of laissez-faire economics?

3. Globalisation in historical context

  • Globalisation in historical context: What's new?
  • The development of international institutions
  • The world economy
  • First assignment

4. International trade and industrial policy

  • The theory and practice of international trade
  • The benefits and costs of international trade
  • Industrial policy

5. The role of transnational corporations and foreign direct investment

  • The role of transnational corporations
  • Regulation
  • Foreign direct investment

6. Globalisation and economic development

  • Globalisation and development: What do we know?
  • Understanding international migration and development
  • International migration in practice

7. Global inequalities

  • Global inequalities: Causes and policy responses
  • Globalisation and inequality
  • International labour standards

8. The globalisation of technology

  • Globalisation driven by technology: What’s new?
  • Globalisation driven by technology: What are the implications?
  • Innovation, technology and the state in the global economy
  • Regular activities
  • Supplementary activities
  • Second assignment

9. Towards a low-carbon future?

  • Globalisation and climate change
  • Government action and international agreements
  • International climate agreements

10. The future for the world economy

  • Global challenges in the 21st century
  • Future challenges
  • Governing globalisation in the 21st century


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.


Credit Application Transfer Scheme (CATS) points 

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £30 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 £30 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. 


Digital credentials

All students who pass their final assignment, whether registered for credit or not, will be eligible for a digital Certificate of Completion. Upon successful completion, you will receive a link to download a University of Oxford digital certificate. Information on how to access this digital certificate will be emailed to you after the end of the course. The certificate will show your name, the course title and the dates of the course you attended. You will be able to download your certificate or share it on social media if you choose to do so. 

Please note that assignments are not graded but are marked either pass or fail. 


Description Costs
Course Fee £385.00
Take this course for CATS points £30.00


Dr Franco Bonomi Bezzo

Franco Bonomi Bezzo is a research fellow at La Statale, University of Milan, within the ERC project DESPO, working on the political and societal changes that have occurred as a consequence of European deindustrialisation. His current research agenda focuses on understanding the links between parental background and offspring's outcomes, on investigating the relationship between city shape and urban inequality, and on models of universal income under a post-work perspective.

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:


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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.