NS4303: Living in a Globalised World

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NS4303: Living in a Globalised World

Module Title Living in a Globalised World
Module Code NS4303
Module Tutor Sam Scott
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

The module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the nature of contemporary globalisation, its multiple dimensions and impacts. The module is divided into a number of units which introduce students to the nature of economic, political, social and cultural globalisation and the importance and roles of global institutions such as the World Bank and the United Nations. It then goes on to consider the role of cities in a global world and their reciprocal relationship to the forces of globalisation, the significance of crime, security, terrorism and conflict within unstable globalisations and finally to the relationship between globalisation and development. This module prepares students for the advanced study of Population & Migration (NS5309, NS6307), Development & Conflict (NS5304, NS6303) and Crime (NS5403, NS6504) themes. It also secures a foundation for those going on to study the theme of Global Sustainability (NS5302, NS6301).

Indicative Syllabus

Dimensions of contemporary globalisation

Cities and globalisation

Globalisation and crime

Terrorism, security and conflict in a globalised world

Globalisation and development

Impacts and experiences of globalisation

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Understand and assess the contributions of the social sciences to understanding the processes of globalisation

2. Demonstrate understanding of the social, economic and cultural impacts of globalisation on a variety of diverse places

3. Display a broad understanding of theoretical accounts of globalisation and relate them to detailed examples of its nature and outcomes

4. Effectively communicate their own theoretical arguments and original research using written, oral and visual communication

5. Reflect on the moral and ethical issues implicit in a dynamic globalising world characterised by competing priorities and systems of regulation

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 60
Independent Learning Hours: 240
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 20% Coursework: Group work, presentation: 10 minutes
002: 40% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1500 words or equivalent
003: 40% Written Exam: End of module, unseen, closed book: 1.50 hours
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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