Study Abroad and Exchanges



GEO2129 : Development & Globalisation - Semester 1 (Study Abroad)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


•To provide students with an understanding of processes of globalisation
•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 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

•       Course Introduction
•       The Matter of Culture
•       Global Culture: Concepts and Meanings

PART II – GLOBALIZATION: THE WEST AND THE REST (2 additional lectures to be inc. in this section)
•       Through Western Eyes: Imagined Geographies of the Middle East and Beyond
•       The Idea of the West
•       Occidentalism and Development in Global Context
•       Americanization and Development
•       McDonaldization, Islamicization: Multiple Globalizations?
•       Asian Values and the Asian Century

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion171:3071:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading42:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:301:30Screenings led by TA's
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00Led by TA's
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods (lectures, workshops, resource-based learning, film screenings) are designed to enable students to develop critical understandings of globalization, culture and development. They encourage students to become familiar with key literature and authors in the field. The workshops equip students to apply concepts and ideas on globalization to a variety of case studies.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002000 words
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