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ACE3000 : Globalisation: Patterns, Processes & Challenges

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carmen Hubbard
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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?

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00Present in Person - a combination of lecture materials and workshops
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Exam preparation and revision of written exam
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading163:0063:00Engagement with the recommended sources and readings in preparation for each class
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity251:0025:00n/a
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Reading and research to extended knowledge beyond the taught materials and post lecture review
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Present in Person and online material 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 Canvas, including most key readings and web-based media sources.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A1002 hour written exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam will assess skills outcomes and knowledge acquired individually and in a collaborative, teamwork environment similar to that in a professional workplace.

Reading Lists