Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2125: The West, Civilizations, and World Order

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Gregorio Bettiza (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The United States and European states form one of the most successful security, economic and political alliances ever in the history of world politics: the transatlantic alliance. So much so that this alliance is often conceptualized as constituted by a deeper sense of community among nations and peoples seen as sharing a common identity generally referred to as ‘the West’. Concerns about the power, role, boundaries, values, hegemony, or decline of ‘the West’ are ubiquitous among analysts and practitioners of international relations across the globe. The course explores and critically assesses the internal dynamics and external influences of the transatlantic alliance and ‘the West’ in shaping and influencing the contours of world politics and contemporary world order.

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