Students graduating from this programme will have knowledge and understanding not only of the key debates and perspectives upon globalisation, governance and international relations, but also of the different sectors of the emerging global political system.Entry RequirementsYou should normally have a good honours degree (2:1 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification. Applicants with relevant work experience who lack these qualifications will also be considered. If English is not your first language then applicants must have IELTS 6.5 (with no section less than 5.0) or TOEFL 237/585 (with a minimum TWE of 4.5 or above).Course AimsThe term "Globalisation" embraces a range of deeply transformative political, economic and social processes. Understanding these - or the meaning, significance and implications of globalization - presents major theoretical and practical challenges for those working or intending to work in the realms of government, business, civil society or academia.
The Brunel MA not only equips students to understand globalisation, but also to think in an informed manner about questions of its "governance": that is, how globalisation might be steered or developed in a politically and ethically satisfactory manner.
Students graduating from this programme will have knowledge and understanding not only of the key debates and perspectives upon globalisation, governance and international relations, but also of the different sectors of the emerging global political system: namely the state and other public authorities, business and institutions of global capital, and civil society and international non-governmental organisations.Course ContentTypical ModulesCore ModulesGlobalisationThis module deals thematically with the main issues in the debate about the meaning, extent, and consequences of "globalisation". It uses a multidisciplinary approach, and covers the political, economic, and historical aspects of globalisation. Topics include the impact of globalisation on economic policy, with particular reference to the role of the international institutions; international migration; and climate change.Influencing Public PolicyMain topics of study: transformation of the state since the 1980s – policy networks and neoliberalism; multi-level governance; approaches to policy analysis; the 'policy chain' from design to implementation; models of interest representation; techniques of public affairs.Evolution of International RelationsThe module analyses the theoretical development of International Relations and many of its central political and normative questions. The evolution of the discipline is traced through critical analysis of the key debates, questions and interventions that have marked an increasingly contested field. The module will also equip students with the concepts and paradigms that are necessary to analyse other areas of International Relations.DissertationThe dissertation enables students to conduct research on an area of particular interest, on a topic approved by the Course Director and under the guidance of an academic supervisor. Students are expected to show awareness of methodological issues and utilise appropriate social science methods. Students who are unsure about undertaking a dissertation may begin by enrolling for a Diploma and subsequently upgrade their registration to an MA if they wish and if their average mark is above 50%.Elective Modules Two from:European Public PolicyMain topics of study: concise overview of the history of European integration and the current institutional architecture of the EU; the making of the single market; impact of economic integration on member states' diverse traditions of public policy; public health; monetary union; implementation; public opinion and support for policy-making at the EU level; justice and home affairs; the concept of a democratic deficit and its implications.China and the WorldMain topics of study: the IR theory legacy: frameworks for analysis; the traditional China legacy: world views, 'strategic culture', the 'middle kingdom'; the western legacy: colonialism, the 'century of humiliation'; the Communist (Maoist) legacy: eg 'Chinese' Communism, theories of development, 'World Revolution', 'intermediate world', 'United Fronts' etc; the modernisation (Dengist and beyond) legacy: economic and military; current Chinese goals, interests and imperatives - 'Grand Strategy'; China's relationship with Russia (regional and global/strategic); China's relationship with Japan (regional); China's relationship with America (regional and global/strategic); China's relationship with Europe/EU (extra-regional/strategic); China's relationship with India (Asia-wide); China and world structures (UN, Environment/Population, Globalization).Human RightsPolitics of Climate ChangeMain topics of study: the rise of environmental politics – from 'Silent Spring' to 'Sustainable Development'; anthropogenic climate change: understanding the challenges; neoliberalism versus gaia? environmentalism and the sceptics; key actors in the global politics of climate change; combating climate change: key national and international policies and regimes; combating climate change: green theory, critical perspectives.Teaching and LearningCourses will be taught through a programme of lectures, directed reading and seminars. Modules are assessed by a variety of coursework, examination and presentations.AssessmentSuccessful completion of the course requires students to pass six 20-credit modules and a 60-credit dissertation on an appropriate topic. A Master's degree is awarded if you reach the necessary standard on the taught part of the course and submit a dissertation of the required standard. The pass grade for all modules and the dissertation is C. If you do not achieve the standard required, you may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate if eligible.Special FeaturesThe Brunel Business School is the largest School in the University and offers a wide range of services to the local, national and international community. To prospective and current students, we offer a great range of vocational and relevant courses, excellent teaching and facilities and a vibrant London campus experience. If you choose to study at Brunel, you will be taught by lecturers who are active researchers engaged in advancing the state of knowledge and understanding in the very fields in which they teach.