Module Catalogue 2019/20

GEO2103 : Development & Globalisation

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Raksha Pande
  • Lecturer: Dr Jonathan Pugh, Professor Alastair Bonnett, Dr Kathryn Manzo
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

GEO1010 is recommended for its links to the Stage 2 Globalization module

Co Requisites
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

PART I – Introducing the Concepts
• Culture as a contested concept
•       Globalization and global culture
•       Visualizing globalization
•       Migration and mobility in a globalizing world
• Understanding development

•       Contested Cities
•       Caribbean Development
•       The Caribbean: mimicry or culture
•       Participatory development: tyranny or panacea
•       Resilience and development in a complex world
• Orientalism: Imagined Geographies of the Middle East and Beyond
• The Idea of the West
• Occidentalism and Development in Global Context
• Americanization and Global Development
• Asia: A contested concept
• The Asian century

• Global energy, land and development
• Globalization and Rights Based Development
• Global Games: sports mega-events and Development
• Globalization and Sport Migration: African Footballers in Europe and Asia
• Migration, Rescue and Resettlement: The Kakuma ‘Aid City’ in Kenya
• Exam Revision Session

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 ActivitiesLecture231:0023:00Led by TA's
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1152:00152:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading62:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Assessment feedback sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery40:302:00N/A
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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50Take Home Exam: answer 1 question from 4
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A502,000 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 development and globalization. This will enable students to absorb material in an incremental manner in preference to rote learning. Through the essay and take-home exam ,the students are required to put concepts and ideas on globalization and development into practice by developing case studies, original examples and ideas relevant to the literature. The take-home exam questions will be released four working days prior to the submission deadline. This will provide students to showcase their research and critical analysis skills without the pressure of a formal examination.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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