Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World


This module is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the nature and development of multinational corporations (MNC) and to view this as an evolving and changing process that has contemporary significance in international studies.

Topics covered

MNCs control much of global trade and financial flows. Their interactions in diplomacy are now with highest levels of government policy making in both developed and developing economies and their investment impacts affect citizens across the globe. Their study can no longer be delinked from the processes driving economic globalization.

The course focuses on conveying a sound grounding in political economy and regulatory issues relating to the operations of multinational enterprises in the context of changing international patterns of production.

The course will allow students to critically analyse the inter-relationships between MNC operations and their impact in international studies and diplomacy through the use of relevant theoretical and empirical literature.


  • Five written online activities (30% of the module mark)
  • 5,000 word essay (70%).