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Week 3 Resources

Your materials for Week 3 will be posted here the day before the class takes place.

Monday 01/08

1 August

10:00-11:00 IDENTITY IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS - Dr Akin Oyawale (SlidesLink opens in a new window)


This lecture will address identity and examine the role it has played within international politics. During the session, we will critically unpack the meaning of identity as a concept and subsequently explore the various implications of adopting a specific understanding over competing others such as in cases where entire communities are demonised as ‘dangerous’ or ‘suspect’.

Reading List:

Amin-Khan, T., 2012. New orientalism, securitisation and the Western media's incendiary racism. Third World Quarterly, 33(9), pp.1595-1610.

Huntington, S.P., 2000. The clash of civilizations? In Culture and politics (pp. 99-118). Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

11:00-12:00 CORRUPTION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Professor Franklyn Lisk (SlidesLink opens in a new window)


This lecture will track the connection between corruption and economic development. It will start on the premise that corruption is present in almost any country but has the most devastating effects in developing economies because it hinders progress in economic growth and inclusive development and is often the main source of public discontent in society. The lecture will indicate how corrupt practices (theft, bribery, illegal kickbacks, etc.) in both the public and private spheres lead to waste of resources by distorting good policies against the interests of the majority. Illustrative examples of the misuse of public or private office for personal gain will be used to depict the causes and consequences of corruption on resource allocation for development. It will explore how a combination of political will for enforcement of law, prevention through legislative and institutional reforms, and public support might reduce corruption and improve the efficiency and fairness of government. It will also emphasise that prevention of corruption will require the three main actors of society working together: the government, the private sector and civil society.

Reading List:

Bardha, P., 1997. “Corruption and development: A review of issues”, Journal of Economic Literature, 35: 1320-46

Theobald, R. 1990. Corruption, development and underdevelopment. Basingstoke: Macmillan

Rose-Ackerman, S., 1999. Corruption and government: Causes, consequences and reforms. Cambridge: CUP


13:00-14:00 SEMINAR - Dr Eleanya Nduka

Seminar Questions:

  1. How convincing is Huntington's 'Clash of Civilizations' thesis?

  2. What political or normative implications does this thesis have?

  3. To what extent have globalisation of markets and international inequalities contributed to problems of corruption in developing countries? corruption?

  4. How important is political will for fighting corruption?

    Tuesday 02/08

    10:00-11:00 COUNTERING TERRORISM AND VIOLENT EXTREMISM - Dr Akin Oyawale (SlidesLink opens in a new window)


    This lecture will critically address counterterrorism through interrogating the various ways in which various state and non-state actors have engaged with and aimed to counter terrorist threats. The lecture will conceptually unpack counterterrorism and use various empirical examples to show how counterterrorism has changed over time and how recent discussions about deradicalization and violent extremism have allowed states to further intrude into society.

    Reading List:

    Crelinsten, R., 2014. Perspectives on counterterrorism: From stovepipes to a comprehensive approach. Perspectives on Terrorism, 8(1), pp.2-15.

    Schmid, A.P., 2013. Radicalisation, de-radicalisation, counter-radicalisation: A conceptual discussion and literature review. ICCT Research Paper, 97(1), p.22.

    11:00-12:00 GENDER AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES TO EQUITY IN WORK - Dr Mouzayian Khalil (SlidesLink opens in a new window)


    In this lecture we will be exploring the concept of the gendered international division of labour. This includes the gendered dimensions to global chains of production and care, how they divide labour, as well as provide new opportunities for work in the Global South. We will also examine the consequences of the movement of women in particular along these chains in both rural and urban settings.

    Reading List:

    Momsen, J. 2020. (Chapter 8) Globalization and changing patterns of economic activity. Gender and Development. Third Edition ed. London and New York: Routledge (pp. 220-257). ReadingLink opens in a new window

    Prof Stephanie Barrientos on Global Value Chains. WICID Series of Conversations on International DevelopmentLink opens in a new window

    13:00-14:00 DIGITALISATION, TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - Professor Franklyn Lisk (SlidesLink opens in a new window)


    This lecture will examine how the opportunities created by the digital era can be harnessed by developing and emerging economies to stimulate and scale-up technological innovations, as key enablers of economic transformation towards sustainable development. Using Africa as an example, it will trace how rapid penetration of digital services to the remotest parts of the continent, mainly through the mobile phone, has provided opportunities to leapfrog complicated and expensive technical and logistical processes for innovating and facilitating financial transactions and consumer services.

    Reading List:

    Drescher, J. 2020. Digital Africa: Investing in Africa’s most untapped source. Pasadena, California: Best Seller Publishing

    Osburg, T. and C. Lohrmann (eds.) 2017. Sustainability in a digital world: New opportunities through new technologies. New York: Springer

    14:00-15:00 SEMINAR - Dr Eleanya Nduka

    Seminar Questions:

    1. What are the various forms of counterterrorism?
    2. What form of counterterrorism do you find most effective?
    1. What do you understand by ‘global value chains’ and ‘global care chains’?
    2. What are the gendered implications of globalized division of labour and how can we make this more equitable?
    3. What role can digitalisation play in achieving the SDGs?
    4. What are the main issues relating to the use of digitally-generated data to obtain information about markets and investment opportunities ?

    Wednesday 03/08

    10:00-11:00 GLOBALISATION: ITS OUTCOMES, DISCONTENTS AND FUTURE - Professor Franklyn Lisk (SlidesLink opens in a new window)


    This lecture focuses on the globalisation debate: it will review the process of globalisation over time, highlighting opportunities and challenges in relation to the achievement of sustainable development in the context of a changing and contested world order – from ‘liberal internationalism’ and ‘market fundamentalism’ to ‘populist nationalism’. Particular attention will be paid to the outcomes of globalisation with respect to implications for trade, finance, development, and global governance policy and practical problems; how these have imposed crippling economic policies on developing nations; and stimulated discontentment and advocacy for change and reform in global institutions.

    Reading List:

    Stiglitz, J. 2002. Globalization and its discontents. Penguin Books

    Stiglitz, J. 2006. Making globalisation work. Allen Lane

    Bhagwati, J. 2004. In defense of globalization: New York: OUP

    Dervis, K. 2005. A better globalization: Legitimacy, governance and reforms. Washington DC: CGD publication


    11:00-12:00 DECOLONISING GENDER: VOICES FROM THE MARGIN - Dr Mouzayian Khalil (SlidesLink opens in a new window)


    In this lecture we introduce the concepts, themes and theories of decolonial feminism, we explore the implications in methods, epistemology, theory and policy/praxis. The lecture explores a critical approach to issues of gender inequities and development through the voices of people on the margins of formalised decision-making systems and structures.

    Reading List:

    'Coloniality of Gender' overview from Global Social Theory blog: ReadLink opens in a new window

    Vergès, F. 2021. (Chapter 1) Taking sides: Decolonial Feminism. A Decolonial Feminism, Pluto Press, 2021 (pp. 15-38).

    A talk by Francoise Vergès on her book A Decolonial Feminism, hosted by Pluto Press: watch videoLink opens in a new window

    'Coloniality of Gender' by Maria Lugones, The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Development DocumentLink opens in a new window

    Prof Maria Lugones (2012) Lecture on Decolonial Feminism, at Decolonial Summer School, Middelburg:

    13:00-14:00 RACE AND RACISM IN GLOBAL POLITICS - Dr Akin Oyawale (SlidesLink opens in a new window)


    This lecture addresses race and racism in global politics through engaging with the various ways in which IR theory and practice are racialised. Rather than considering race as something that should be studies on its own, the critical approach taken in this lecture asks how global politics could be very different when viewed through a racialised lens.

    Reading List:

    Henderson, E.A., 2014. Hidden in plain sight: racism in international relations theory. In Race and Racism in International Relations (pp. 19-43). Routledge.

    Hobson, J.M., 2012. The Eurocentric conception of world politics: Western international theory, 1760-2010. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. (Read Chapter 1).

    14:00-15:00 SEMINAR - Dr Eleanya Nduka

    Seminar Questions:

    1. Has globalisation been good for most people and for reducing international equality between countries and regions?
    2. Is the decline of ‘liberal internationalism’ and increasing ‘populist nationalism’ in the global order contributing to the crisis of a globalising world economy?
    3. Why do we need to decolonise gendered perspectives?
    4. What value can arise from prioritising the voices and approaches of marginalised people/groups?
    5. Is IR theory racist?
    6. How can we rectify Eurocentrism in IR?

    Thursday 04/8

    10:00-12:00 Revision seminar - Dr Eleanya Nduka

    13:00-14:00 Revision seminar - Dr Eleanya Nduka

    Friday 05/08 Exam

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