Globalisation and Regionalisation

General Information
Two modules, see course description for details.
Mon 306, Thu 11
Number of Hours: 
Monday 13:45 - 17:00
Tuesday 11:30 - 13:00
Preliminary requirements: 

Knowledge covering main problems of international political and economic relations, economic policy and political economy. English skills enabling effective reading and verbal communication.

Course Description: 

Prof. Elżbieta Stadtmüller - political aspectslecture and seminar - Monday 15:30 - 17:00 (8 weeks) 

Dr Monika Paradowska - economic aspects, lecture and seminar - Tuesday 11.30 - 13:00

Dr Łukasz Fijałkowski – political aspects, lecture and seminar - Monday 13.45 - 15.15 (8 weeks)




1. Globalisation – dimensions, causes, factors and outcomes

2. The theoretical interpretations of globalisation

3. Actors of globalisation processes – forces of globalisation, anti- and alterglobalisation movements

4. Regionalism and regionalisation

5. Global and regional governance


1. Globalisation of world economy – reasons/roots, pre-conditions, stages of development, consequences (international trade, foreign direct investment), methodological aspects of the research on globalisation

2. Theory of economic integration

3. International economic order and its contemporary challenges

4. Transnational corporations




1. The dimensions of globalisation processes

2. Theoretical framework of regionalism. Theories of political integration

3. Regionalism and regionalisation – key issues in regional cooperation

4. Global and regional governance


1. Global and regional economic superpowers.

2. Activity of selected integration groupings in the world economy – case studies.

3. The impact of globalisation and regionalisation processes on local economies – critical approach, case studies

4. Final test/completion

Aims of the course: 


W1. Student indicates main causes of political and societal globalisation and regionalisation processes, their characteristics and consequences.

W2. Student knows advanced theoretical elements of political and societal integration and disintegration processes.

W3. Student explains the development of political and societal processes of globalisation and regionalisation around the world.

W4. Student indicates main reasons/roots of globalisation and regionalisation processes in the world economy, their characteristics and consequences.

W5. Student knows advanced aspects of the theory of economic integration.

W6. Student explains the development of economic integration processes in the world economy.



U1. Student identifies the importance of particular states and regions in political and societal processes of integration and disintegration.

U2. Student creates the possible scenarios of political and societal developments in the world and in the regions.

U3. Student proposes possible strategies for political and societal issues in terms of challenges linked with political and societal processes of integration and disintegration in the world.

U4. Student identifies the significance of particular regions and national economies in the international trade system and foreign direct investment flows.

U5. Student analyses potential scenarios of economic processes in the world and as well as in the regional dimension

U6. Student proposes elements of economic development strategy for particular countries taking into account the context of global and regional challenges.



K1. Student understands the significance of interdisciplinary approach for the analysis of political and economic phenomena of particular countries, regions and the world system.

K2. Student presents a critical approach towards theoretical debates and publications and is being able to submit and develop her/his own original concepts and solutions of selected political and economic issues.

K3. Student verifies multidimensional issues of contemporary processes of integration and disintegration in the world.

K4. Student participates in discussion concerning the controversial issues of globalisation and regionalisation.

Teaching methods: 

Lecture, multimedia presentation, film materials

Tutorial/seminar, case studies, multimedia presentations, essay

Evaluation & Completion: 

Written tests covering political and economic issues. Required minimum of points – 50%. Preparation of short multimedia presentation (20–25 minutes), semester assignments/essays (topics proposed by the academic teacher at the beginning of the course), case studies, discussion.

Written exam consisting of 10 questions. Required minimum of points – 50%

Basic Literature: 


Challenges to Globalization. Analyzing the Economics, Baldwin R. E., Winters L.A. (eds.), The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London 2004.

Global political economy, O’Brien R., Williams M. (eds.), 3rd edition, Palgrave Macmillan, New York-London 2010.

Global Politics of Regionalism. Theory and Practice, Farrell M., Hettne B., Langenhove L. Van (eds.), Pluto Press, London 2005.

Mc Carthy D. M. P., International Economic Integration in Historical Perspective, Routlegde, New York 2006.

Scholte J.A., Globalization: A Critical Introduction, Palgrave Macmillan, NewYork-London 2005.

The Changing Landscape of Regional Trade Agreements: 2006 Update, Fiorentino R. et al., WTO, Geneva 2007.

The globalization of world politics: an introduction to international relations, Baylis J., Smith S., Owens P. (eds.), Oxford University Press, Oxford 2008.

Theories of New Regionalism, Söderbaum F., Shaw T. (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hants. 2002.

UNCTAD, World Investment Reports (recent editions).

WTO. International Trade Statistics.

Set of selected papers in the electronic form updated every year and provided during the first classes.

Websites of regional integration groupings.

Additional Literature: 

Bhagwati J., Reshaping the WTO, 2005.

Buzan B., Waever O., Regions and Powers. The structure of International Security, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2003.

Crafting Cooperation. Regional International Institutions in Comparative Perspective, Acharya A., Johnston A. I. (eds.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2007.

European Union and New Regionalism. Regional Actors and Global Governance in a Post-Hegemonic Era, Telò M. (ed.), Ashgate, Aldershot 2007.

Glenn J., Globalization. North-South perspectives, Routledge, London, New York 2007.

Interregionalism and International Relations, Hänggi H., Roloff R., Rüland J. (eds.), Routledge, Abingdon/New York 2005.

The World Bank, Global Economic Prospects (recent editions).

Towards a Global Polity, Ougaard M., Higgott R. (eds.), Routledge, London-New York 2002.

Wunderlicht J.-U., Regionalism, Globalisation, and International Order. Europe and Southeast Asia, Ashgate, Aldershot 2007.

Some of materials will be available in the electronic form.