Global Opportunities

GEO2129 : Development & Globalisation - (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide students with an understanding of processes of development and globalization and the relationship between the two.
•       To allow students to situate these understandings through recent debates on global change, culture and development
•       To enable students to critically reflect upon the concept of development and globalisation through the application of geographical case studies and examples
•       To encourage students to develop independent learning skills through reading, research and writing.

Outline Of Syllabus

Week 4: Lecture 1 Understanding Globalisation (RP)
Week 5: Lecture 2 Understanding Neoliberalism (RP)
Week 6: Lecture 3 Visualizing Globalisation: Global Processes and Visual Metaphors (KM)
Workshop 1: Week 6 Neoliberalism
Week 7: Lecture 4 Understanding Development (RP)
Week 8: Lecture 5 Picturing Place, Viewing the World: Global Imaginations and Visual Media (KM)
Week 9: Lecture 6 Globalisation and rights-based development (KM)
Week 11: Lecture 7 Global Games, National Images: Sport Mega-events and Development (KM)
Workshop 2: Week 11 Globalisation and rights-based development
Week 12: Lecture 8 Global Energy, Land and Sustainable Development (KM)
Week 13: Lecture 9 Uneven Development (AW)
Week 14: Lecture 10 Development and Cities (AW)
Workshop 3: Week 14 Uneven Development
Week 15: Lecture 11 Revision (RP)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00PiP in the first instance; synchronous online or pre-recorded if necessary
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading183:0083:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00PiP in the first instance; synchronous online if necessary (small groups of 24 students each
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Timetabled drop-in assessment surgery in week 15.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO2103Development & Globalisation
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods (lectures and workshops) are designed to enable students to develop critical understandings of development and globalization. They encourage students to become familiar with key literature and authors in the field. The workshops equip students to apply concepts and ideas related to development and globalization to a variety of case studies.
The structured guided independent learning tasks are aimed at encouraging deeper engagement with each lecture block with an emphasis on developing skills of critical analysis and making evidence-based arguments.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M1002000 words. Answer 1 question from 3.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is designed to enable students to work and think independently. The workshops ask students to synthesise, compare and contrast different literatures on globalization, culture and development and this is assessed through a staggered individual portfolio document. This will enable students to absorb material in an incremental manner in preference to rote learning.

Reading Lists