Module Catalogue 2024/25

GEO2103 : Development & Globalisation

GEO2103 : Development & Globalisation

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Raksha Pande
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Matthew Richmond
  • Lecturer: Professor Alastair Bonnett, Dr Kathryn Manzo
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Code Title
GEO1010Interconnected World
Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



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

Understanding Globalisation
Understanding Neoliberalism
Visualizing Globalisation: Global Processes and Visual Metaphors
Understanding Development
Picturing Place, Viewing the World: Global Imaginations and Visual Media
Globalisation and rights-based development
Global Games, National Images: Sport Mega-events and Development
Global Energy, Land and Sustainable Development
Volunteering for development?
Wildlife conservation and development
South-led (post)development: Buen vivir, Ubuntu, Sumak Kawsay
Orientalism: Imagined Geographies of the Middle East and Beyond
Occidentalism and Development in Global Context
Americanisation and Development
The Asian Century
Postcolonialism and Decolonization
Contested islands and island movements
Resilience and development in a complex world
Participatory development: Tyranny or Panacea

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module students should have demonstrated:
•       A critical understanding of development and globalization.
•       A familiarity with the literature on development and globalization.
•       An ability to apply concepts and ideas on development and globalization to a variety of case studies.

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module students should have demonstrated:
•       An ability to work independently and as part of team.
•       An ability to synthesise, compare and contrast literatures on globalization, culture and development.
•       An ability to put concepts and ideas into practice.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00PiP in the first instance; synchronous online or pre-recorded if necessary
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:303:00PiP revision lecture and workshop.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1167:00167:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops122:0024:00PiP in the first instance; synchronous online if necessary. Workshops with 1 hr lecture component.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Timetabled drop-in assessment prep surgery/tutorial.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO2129Development & Globalisation - (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods (lectures and seminars) 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 seminars 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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination28802M50A 48 hour take home exam, 2000 words. Answer 1 question from 4. Students should spend no longer than 2 hours completing the assessment.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M50Answer 1 question from 3. 2000 words. A portfolio comprising of an empirical project that requires incorporation of visual and empirical examples to inform the answer to the chosen question.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessments are designed to enable students to work and think independently. The interactive workshops ask students to synthesize, compare and contrast different literatures on development and globalization. This will enable students to absorb material in an incremental manner in preference to rote learning. Through the empirical project, students are required to engage with research reports and data sets in order to understand how concepts and ideas on globalization and development learned from academic literature are understood and put into practice by key institutions. The take-home exam is aimed at encouraging substantive engagement with core ideas, arguments and empirical literature from throughout semester two.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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