Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Canterbury
(version 2)
Autumn 6 15 (7.5) DR A Hensby checkmark-circle

Overview

This module aims to develop a critical understanding of one of the most important intellectual and political issues of our times, namely, 'globalization' and global social change. In so doing, this module poses a number of key questions: what is globalization, and what forms does it take? How does globalization reconstitute our relationship to society? How is globalization experienced across the world, and what power relations does it create? This module presents contemporary modes and challenges of doing sociology in an increasingly complex and interdependent world. Students will critically evaluate contending theories of globalization, and explore key topical debates in global issues, including the impact of global economic treaties on poverty, trade, and urban growth in the Global South; the flows, opportunities, and conflicts in the creation of global culture, and resistance to global forces and power relations in the form of anti-globalization movements.

Details

This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

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

Availability

Not available 2015/16, available 2016/17

Method of assessment

Coursework - one 2,500 word essay- 50%
Examination - 2 hour examination (summer term) -50%

Indicative reading

Appelbaum, Richard, and Robinson, William (eds.). 2005. Critical Globalization Studies. London: Routledge.
Crewe, Emma and Axelby, Richard (2013) Anthropology and Development: Culture, Morality and Politics in a Globalised World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Crouch, Colin (2019) The Globalization Backlash. Cambridge: Polity.
Klein, Naomi (2007) The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. London: Penguin.
Lechner, Frank. J. and Boli, John (eds.) (2015) The Globalization Reader [Fifth Edition]. London: Blackwell.
Martell, Luke. (2017) The Sociology of Globalization [2nd Edition]. Polity: Cambridge.
Klein, Naomi (2007) The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. London: Penguin.
Lechner, Frank. J. and Boli, John (eds.) (2015) The Globalization Reader [Fifth Edition]. London: Blackwell.
Martell, Luke. (2017) The Sociology of Globalization [2nd Edition]. Polity: Cambridge.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1.Demonstrate critical understanding of what is meant by 'globalization' and to be able to identify the multi-dimensional character of these phenomena.
2. Develop a clear conceptual understanding of the different spatial levels at which the term 'society' can be used.
3. Assess the extent and nature of global change, with reference to specific examples in the economic, political, and cultural spheres.
4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of issues and processes that confront contemporary 'global society' and the relationships between the Global North and South.
5 Discuss and critically evaluate competing 'globalization' theories and assess their adequacy with respect to the analyses of specific cases and policy dilemmas.

6.Demonstrate highly developed skills in written debate, and in utilization of research and empirical data.
7.Gather library and web-based resources appropriate for final year degree study
8.Use relevant research evidence and data to construct a critical argument.

Notes

  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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