Political Economy (POEC) 230

Globalization and World Politics (Revision 3)

POEC 230

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

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

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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POEC 230 has a Challenge for Credit option.


Globalization and World Politics introduces students to some of the theoretical tools and practical issues of globalization as they attempt to situate themselves in an ever-changing world politics. From the many challenges to state sovereignty, to the growing role of globally connected citizens, and from the expanding scope of global finance and markets, to the intensification of cultural flows and interconnectedness, there is no question that processes of globalization characterize our present and our future. As engaged global citizens, each of us has opportunities every day to grapple with our perceptions and ideas about peoples, places, and precepts, and to deepen our understanding of the increasingly interconnected world in which we all live.

Drawing on a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary analytical frameworks, and guided by a political-economy approach, Globalization and World Politics is designed for social-science and humanities students generally, and particularly those students interested in pursuing more advanced courses in global studies, international relations, development studies, and political economy. With the help of some useful analytical tools, readings and assignments in the course give students the opportunity to evaluate ways in which globalization and world politics pose opportunities and challenges for individuals, societies, and the global community.


Globalization and World Politics consists of six units:

  • Unit 1: Defining Globalization: Why Do Perspectives Matter?
  • Unit 2: Traditional International Relations Theory and Its Critique: Liberalism, Realism, Marxism, and Constructivism
  • Unit 3: Exploring Critical Perspectives in International Relations: Feminism, Post-Colonialism, and Indigeneity
  • Unit 4: Globalization and Governance: From Traditional to Critical Perspectives
  • Unit 5: Global Political Economy: Introduction to Agents, Patterns, and Tools of Analysis
  • Unit 6: Some Future Trends in Globalization and World Politics: Cultures/Civilizations, Climate Change, and Civil Society


To receive credit for POEC 230, you must successfully complete and submit two assignments and pass the final examination. D (50 percent) is the minimum passing grade on each of the assignments and on the final exam, and you must achieve a minimum course composite grade of 50%. Grades will be distributed as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1: Essay—Understanding Globalization 30%
Assignment 2: Critical Review or Culture Jam 30%
Final Exam 40%
Total 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

All course materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the POEC 230 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least C- (60 percent) 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 3, November 10, 2017

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