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GEO2103 : Development & Globalisation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

Week 4: Lecture 1 Understanding Globalisation (RP)
Week 5: Lecture 2 Understanding Neoliberalism (RP)
Week 6: Lecture 3 Visualizing Globalisation: Global Processes and Visual Metaphors (KM)
Workshop 1: Week 6 Neoliberalism
Week 7: Lecture 4 Understanding Development (RP)
Week 8: Lecture 5 Picturing Place, Viewing the World: Global Imaginations and Visual Media (KM)
Week 9: Lecture 6 Globalisation and rights-based development (KM)
Week 11: Lecture 7 Global Games, National Images: Sport Mega-events and Development (KM)
Workshop 2: Week 11 Globalisation and rights-based development
Week 12: Lecture 8 Global Energy, Land and Sustainable Development (KM)
Week 13: Lecture 9 Uneven Development (AW)
Week 14: Lecture 10 Development and Cities (AW)
Workshop 3: Week 14 Uneven Development
Week 15: Lecture 11 Revision (RP)
Week 22: Lecture 12 Uneven Development in Cities
Week 23: Lecture 13 Uneven Development in Practice
Week 24: Lecture 14 Orientalism: Imagined Geographies of the Middle East and Beyond (AB)
Week 25: Lecture 15 Occidentalism and Development in Global Context (AB)
Week 26: Lecture 16 Americanisation and Development (AB)
Workshop 4 (Week 26) Occidentalism and Orientalism
Week 27 Lecture 17 The Asian Century (AB)
Week 28: Lecture 18 Contested cities (JP)
Workshop 5 (Week 28) The Asian century
Week 29: Lecture 19 Contested islands and island movements (JP)
Week 34: Lecture 20 Resilience and development in a complex world (JP)
Week 35: Lecture 21 Participatory development: Tyranny or Panacea (JP)
Workshop 6: (Week 35) Participatory Development
Week 36: Lecture 22 Revision (RP)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:303:00Synchornous online revision workshops in week 15 and 36
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00PiP in the first instance; synchronous online or pre-recorded if necessary
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1167:00167:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:006:00PiP in the first instance; synchronous online if necessary
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Timetabled drop-in surgery in week 15 and 36 for assessement queries. Online if necessary.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO2129Development & Globalisation - (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)
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.
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902M50A 48 hour take home exam, 2000 words. Answer 1 question from 4
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M50Project 2,000 words. Answer 1 question from 3
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessments are designed to enable students to work and think independently. The 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.

Reading Lists