Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
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).
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
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
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