Module Catalogue 2019/20

ACE3000 : Globalisation: Patterns, Processes & Challenges

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carmen Hubbard
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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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?

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:
• Demonstrate a clear understanding of globalization patterns and processes, and the implications for power struggles, social and economic development, cultural shifts, and environmental sustainability.
• Understand the reasons for, and effects of global economic policies and oppositional movements in civil society.
• Apply globalization concepts to understand and critically evaluate real world challenges, issues and prospects.

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:
• Develop and research critical questions regarding the evolving aspects of globalisations.
• Be an adaptive member of a collaborative team in researching, writing, reflecting, and sharing knowledge as preparation for employment after graduation.
• Identify contrasting arguments and offer appropriate evidence to debate the major challenges facing the world in the 21st Century and be aware of the local implications of global problems and potential solutions.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture162:0032:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0021:00Completion and preparation of written exercise 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion35:0015:00Completion and preparation of written exercise 1
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading190:0090:00Engagement with the recommended sources and readings in preparation for each class
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:0042:00Reading and research to extended knowledge beyond the taught materials and post lecture review
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Formal lectures, web-based media, 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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M40Individual work (max 300 words) plus group work (max 700 words)
Written exercise2M60Written exercise, 1500 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.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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