Globalization and Development - SO684

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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This module aims to develop a critical understanding of one of the most important intellectual and political issues of our times, namely, ‘globalization’ and its relationship to development in third world societies. Examples of the central issues to be examined are: what is ‘globalization’ and what forms does it take? What are the most important global institutions today, and how do they affect poverty, inequality, the growth of middle classes, consumption,politics and identities in ‘developing’ societies in Asia, Africa and Latin America? What effects do global economic treaties under the WTO, IMF etc have upon rural poverty, migration, trade, and urban growth? Why are third worldcities expanding at such a rapid rate, and what consequences does this have? Finally, how can we use the ‘antiglobalization’ movements to critically evaluate contending theories and practices of globalization?


This module appears in:

Contact hours

12 one-hour lectures followed either by one-hour small group seminars or workshops as appropriate


Not available 2015/16, available 2016/17

Method of assessment

50% coursework (one 2,500 word essay) and 50% 2-hour examination (summer term)

Indicative reading

Lechner, F J and Boli, J (2012) The Globilization Reader. London: Blackwell
Levitt, P and Khagram, S (2008) The transnational studies reader: intersections and innovations. London: Routledge.
McMichael, P (2008) Development and social change: a global perspective. London: Sage 5th.
Vertovec, S (2010) Transnationalism. London: Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
gain a critical understanding of issues and processes that confront contemporary ‘global society’ and the relationships between the developed and developing world
demonstrate a good understanding of what is meant by ‘globalization’ and third world development and to be able to identify the multi-dimensional character of these phenomena
assess the extent and nature of global change, with reference to specific examples in the economic, political, and cultural spheres
have developed their communication skills by essay writing and oral seminar contributions;
have improved their academic performance through independent learning and library research:

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