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BA Geography with International Study
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BA Geography with International Study

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Geographies of Globalisation

Unit code GEOG10101
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Geography
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course will critically examine notions of globalisation, and in particular, economic globalisation, under the following headings:

 

1:   Introducing globalisation…

2:   From international to global economy: the changing map of economic activities

3:   The role of technology in economic globalisation

4.   Major shapers of the global economy 1: transnational corporations

5:   Major shapers of the global economy 2: nation-states

6:   Study week, no lecture

 

7:   Labouring in the global economy

8:   New geographies of international migration

9.   Study week, no lecture

10 .Cities/regions in the global economy

11: Global markets, global cultures?

12: The global economy: Who gains?

Aims

  • to develop an understanding of the global scale of human activity with a particular emphasis on the economic dimension;
  • to develop an understanding of how the world is shaped by the interaction between economic, political, social and cultural processes operating at different, but connected, geographical scales, from the global through the national to the local;
  • to develop cognitive and analytical skills.

 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the major processes which are creating a new global economic geography
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of key institutions in creating global economic change;
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the key role of city-regions in articulating economic processes in the global economy;
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the population and cultural issues surrounding the processes of economic globalisation.

Syllabus

This course will critically examine notions of globalization, and in particular, economic globalization, under the following headings:

 

1:   Introducing globalisation…

2:   From international to global economy: the changing map of economic activities

3:   Major shapers of the global economy 1: transnational corporations

4:   Major shapers of the global economy 2: nation-states

5:   Labouring in the global economy

6:   Study week

7:   Making the world go ‘round? The role of technology in globalisation

8: Global markets, global cultures?

9:   Study week

10:   New geographies of international migration

11:   Cities/regions in the global economy

12: The global economy: Who gains?

Teaching and learning methods

The course unit will be delivered via a total of ten two hour lectures. These sessions will be supplemented by private study based on directed reading each week. Lecture sessions will draw upon a range of resources including powerpoint slides which will be posted to Blackboard for all sessions, links to relevant web resources, and core readings. They will comprise a mixture of lecture material, discussions, interactive and group activities, and video presentations. A comprehensive archive of all sources and links will be compiled on Blackboard for student use.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • reading, learning and study skills;
  • critical and analytical interpretation of data and texts;
  • a basic ability to assess the relative merits of different theories and explanations;
  • spatial awareness and observation skills;
  • awareness of your responsibility as a global citizen.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

You’ll receive feedback on your work through discussions in your tutorials and through written comments on your tutorial essay on globalisation, should you chose to take this option. 

Recommended reading

Key Text:

·         Dicken, P. (2015) Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy (7th edn.) London: Sage.

 

Other Important Texts:

  • Held, D. and McGrew, A. (2003) (eds.) The Global Transformation Reader (2nd edn.), Polity, Cambridge.
  • Jones, A. (2006) The Dictionary of Globalization, Polity, Cambridge.
  • Knox, P., Agnew, J. & McCarthy, L. (2008) The Geography of the World Economy (5th edn.) Arnold, London.
  • Murray, W. (2006) Geographies of Globalization, Routledge, London.
  • Perrons, D. (2004) Globalization and Social Change: People and Places in a Divided World, Routledge, London.

               

Key journals

Antipode

Economic Geography

Environment and Planning A

Global Networks

Journal of Economic Geography

Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

 

 

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 20
Independent study hours
Independent study 78

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Martin Hess Unit coordinator
Jamie Doucette Unit coordinator

Additional notes

 


GEOGRAPHY STUDENTS WILL HAVE STUDY WEEKS ON WEEK 6 AND WEEK 9.

Two Hour lecture.
 

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