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EDU2008 : Globalisation and Development

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Pauline Dixon
  • Lecturer: Dr Steve Humble
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The module will introduce the field of Development Economics as well as Globalisation. It will aim to develop student understanding of:
•       The interconnectedness among societies and the affect this has on societies;
•       The impact interconnectedness has on political, economic, cultural and social constructs;
•       Some of the main policy issues in the globalised world such as poverty, environment, security, trade and well being, education;
•       The limits to globalisation (non sustainability of the process);
•       How globalisation changes developing countries (including schooling and education);
•       How people in developing countries make important decisions around consumption, time allocation, production, saving and investment;
•       Micro and Macro theoretical frameworks to consider the study of choice, economic growth, poverty reduction and development more generally;
•       Policy implications, objectives, designs, impact, longitudinal effects, spill-over effects, and costs.

By the end of this module students will be expected to understand the characteristics of development as well as globalisation in an ever-interconnected world. They will have an awareness of international implications for policies made in one country on others that affect the marginalised and those living in informal settlements. These include education, trade, agriculture, environment and migration.

Outline Of Syllabus

In this module students will develop their knowledge around the interconnectedness of globalisation as well as the affect on development. There are 11 Weeks made up of the 11 Lectures and 11 seminars. Topics covered around globalization and development include:
An Introduction to Globalisation
Population Growth and Migration
Environmental Issues – Environment and Development
Agriculture, Poverty and Hunger
International Trade
Security and Terrorism (including the role of NATO)
Economic growth
Well Being and Consumer Behaviour
The Sustainable Development Goals and Education

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Lectures will consist of input together with interactive tasks and discussion.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials93:0027:00For each lecture there will be non-synchronous content to prepare the students for the lecture
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion186:0086:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities93:0027:00Reading around research and activities related to the themes considered, incl. formative & summative
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery111:0011:001 hour live chat or interview on Zoom. Main queries anonymously summarized on a discussion board
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study127:0027:00Directed research & reading, student-led group activity, reading on related topics with peers
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures are followed by practical seminar sessions, which are also backed up with time for both independent study and further reading as directed during the sessions. The module aims to develop criticality as well as theoretical and practical understanding around the interconnectedness of the world through development and globalisation. Theoretical learning with specific case studies and readings enable students to make connections and develop a sophisticated understanding of the themes, issues, concepts and policies.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation152M20Group presentation around a topic taught during the module. Groups will consist of around 3 students.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A80Essay - 2,500 words
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MMock presentation with formative feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative assessment of students’ progress will occur throughout the seminars as per the expertise of the lecturers.
The intention for the first summative assessment which is the oral examination through group presentations in the middle of the module allows students to be actively involved in the opportunity to develop their understanding of concepts around globalisation and development with a focus on interconnectivity. Essential preparation for the assessed essay will be expressed during the opportunity students have to work together developing their oral, written and communication skills. The essay builds on the lecture and seminar content and guided independent study and is handed in after the module ends.

Reading Lists