Chapter 1 – Introducing Global Politics
- Is the traditional principle of state sovereignty now redundant?
- In what ways, and to what extent, has globalisation reshaped international politics?
Chapter 2 – Historical Context
- 'Both WWI and WWII were a consequence of a multipolar world order.' Discuss.
- To what extent was the end of the Cold War a result of the structural weaknesses of Soviet-style communism?
Chapter 3 – Theories of Global Politics
- To what extent do the key theories of global politics contest the global status quo?
- 'A 'science of global politics' is impossible.' Discuss.
Chapter 4 – The Economy in a Global Age
- Are economic globalization and neoliberalism necessarily linked?
- 'Global capitalism is inherently unstable and crisis prone.' Discuss.
Chapter 5 – The State and Foreign Policy in a Global Age
- Does the state remain the major actor on the world stage?
- 'Strict rationality in the making of foreign policy is an unachievable goal.' Discuss.
Chapter 6 – Society in a Global Age
- To what extent is globalization merely a form of western cultural imperialism?
- 'The idea of 'global civil society' has been greatly exaggerated.' Discuss.
Chapter 7 – Nationalism in a Global Age
- 'Nationalism is always associated with conflict and war.' Discuss.
- Is the world moving towards a post-nationalist age?
Chapter 8 – Identity, Culture and Challenges to the West
- 'The global political significance of religion is set to decrease not increase.' Discuss.
- To what extent could the 'war on terror' be regarded as a civilizational conflict?
Chapter 9 – Power and Twenty-First Century World Order
- 'Military power is now largely obsolete in global politics.' Discuss.
- To what extent is the global system now multipolar?
Chapter 10 – War and Peace
- Are war and international conflict inevitable features of global politics?
- To what extent has the nature of war and warfare changed in recent years?
Chapter 11 – Nuclear Proliferation and Disarmament
- To what extent does nuclear proliferation threaten peace and security?
- 'The idea of a world free of nuclear weapons is both deluded and dangerous.' Discuss.
Chapter 12 – Terrorism
- To what extent is transnational terrorism a major threat to order and security?
- Can terrorism ever be defeated through the use of military means?
Chapter 13 – Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention
- To what extent are human rights effectively protected in the modern world?
- Is humanitarian intervention ever justified?
Chapter 14 – International Law
- Is international law a meaningful notion?
- To what extent has the International Criminal Court succeeded in upholding humanitarian standards?
Chapter 15 – Poverty and Development
- Globalisation has increased, not reduced, global poverty.' Discuss
- To what extent does international aid work?
Chapter 16 – Global Environmental Issues
- 'Sustainable development is a contradiction in terms.' Discuss.
- 'The international community has failed to take concerted action over climate change.' Discuss.
Chapter 17 – Gender in Global Politics
- How persuasive is the feminist approach to security and war?
- Is there inevitable tension between feminism and post-colonialism over development?
Chapter 18 – International Organization and the United Nations
- To what extent do effective international organizations require the existence of a global hegemon?
- 'The UN has outlived its usefulness.' Discuss.
Chapter 19 – Global Governance and the Bretton Woods System
- To what extent is global economic governance effective?
- 'The IMF and the World Bank have failed the world's poor.' Discuss.
Chapter 20 – Regionalism and Global Politics
- To what extent does regionalism act as a constraint on globalization?
- 'The EU is a unique example of regional integration.' Discuss.
Chapter 21 – Why Theory Matters
- 'Explanatory theory promises what cannot be delivered.' Discuss.
- To what extent should political leaders pay attention to the views of IR theorists?
Chapter 22 – Images of the Global Future
- Is globalization an unstoppable force?
- Will the global future wear a democratic face?