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ACE3000 : Globalisation: Patterns, Processes & Challenges

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module focuses on patterns and processes of globalization (i.e., economic, social, cultural, political, and environmental) and the critical global challenges of the 21st Century.

The module aims to provide students with social science-based frameworks for understanding, analyzing, and interpreting globalization conceptualizations and processes in multiple arenas (e.g. global trade and governance, migration, information technologies, education, gender, health, climate change). They will also consider the implications and challenges of global processes for the future. Learning occurs as an interactive process in a collaborative environment that encourages students to think, reflect, and write critically at a high-level, and engage with other students in active learning.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus is structured so to provide the grounds on which the following questions can be answered:
1.       How is globalization conceptualized and critiqued?
2.       What are the major patterns and processes underlying globalization?
3.       What are the major global institutions and what are their roles?
4.       How has technological change contributed to global change?
5.       How are new patterns and processes of globalization affecting multiple arenas in economic, social, cultural, political, and environmental dimensions of life?
6.       What are the major global challenges of the 21st Century?
7.       What are the societal the implications for the future?

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture182:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00Research and writing of assessed essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion38:0024:00Completion of assessed on-line exercises
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading172:0072:00Engagement with the recommended sources and readings in preparation for each class
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:0032:00Reading and research to extended knowledge beyond the taught materials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Formal lectures, web-based media, group wikis, in-class discussion, and web resources provide a varied learning environment to cover the syllabus outline and to ensure students can achieve the stated learning outcomes. There will be opportunities for students to pose questions, debate, and critically discuss issues during class sessions. A variety of materials will be posted on Blackboard, including most key readings and web-based media sources.
All class sessions include small group working with groups of not more than 10 students working together throughout the Module. By arranging this groupwork to occur simultaneously, group-group interaction can also be stimulated to support extension of the breadth of learning on separate focussed topics to the whole class.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M10On-line exercise (group, out of class) in semester 1 (750 words)
Written exercise1M10Online exercise (group, out of class) 800 words
Written exercise2M10On line exercise (group, out of class) in semester 2 (800 words)
Essay2M70Written exercise (individual, out of class) 1 x 70% in semester 2 - 2500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The online written exercises will assess skills outcomes and knowledge acquired in a collaborative, teamwork environment similar to that in a professional workplace.

The final individual essay will based on the topic areas that have been studied during Sem. 1 & 2 and will demonstrate individual’s acquisition of knowledge and skills outcomes.

Essays allow students to demonstrate research, creativity, and critical analysis skills at higher levels than exam format. Students must cite sources, use high levels of evidence and logic, and use professional writing skills.

Reading Lists