Global Studies (GLST) 230

Globalization and World Politics (Revision 2)

GLST 230

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: GLST 230 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under three different disciplines—POEC 230 and INTR 230. GLST 230 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for POEC 230 or INTR 230.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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GLST 230 has a Challenge for Credit option.


As global citizens, each of us has several opportunities every day to be aware of, to question, and potentially revise our perceptions and ideas about peoples, places, and precepts, to deepen our understanding of the world we all inhabit.  This course helps you make sense of our relentlessly interconnected world by exploring globalization as an amalgam of political and economic processes spanning numerous regions, time periods, and levels of analysis. The course is designed for social science and humanities students, and those students interested in pursuing more advanced courses in Global Studies, International Relations, or Political Economy. Globalization and World Politics introduces theoretical and practical issues associated with radical global processes that are affecting human life locally and globally. Readings and assignments in the course allow you to evaluate ways in which these processes pose opportunities and challenges for individuals, societies, and the global community.


The course consists of the following four units:

  • Unit 1: An Introduction to Globalization
  • Unit 2: Mapping Globalization and Global Politics: Some Approaches
  • Unit 3: Globalization, the Market and the State
  • Unit 4: Issues in Globalization and World Politics: Environment, Culture, and Institutions


To receive credit for GLST 230, you must complete and submit Assignment 1, Assignment 2, and the Final Examination. You must obtain a mark of at least D (50%) on the Final Examination and an overall course mark of at least "D" (50 percent). Grades will be distributed as follows:

Assignment 1: Critical Current Event Analysis Assignment 2: Critical Issue Analysis Final Exam Total
25% 35% 40% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Baylis, John, Steve Smith, and Patricia Owens, eds. The Globalization of World Politics. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Steger, Manfred B. Globalization: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Other Materials

The course materials include a reading file.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the GLST 230 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least "C-" (60 per cent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2, July 5, 2011.

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