Globalisation and Sustainable Development - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Critical Analysis - Critical reading (25%) , Online Discussion - Online participation (20%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,387.00
International 2,637.00

Debates around globalisation and sustainable development tend to focus on the need for humanity – both individuals and societies – to make choices between economic growth on the one hand and the wellbeing of the planet on the other. This unit critically explores this problematic. It examines tensions and synergies between discourses of globalisation and sustainable development alongside opportunities to achieve economic prosperity alongside care for the environment in practice. The unit first considers conceptual debates that situate globalisation and sustainable development as ‘problems’ that society must deal with. Next it explores how scholars and activists are rethinking globalisation and sustainable development and opening up new possibilities for action. Finally, it examines how individuals, communities, non-governmental organisations and governments are responding to the challenges of globalisation and are engaged in efforts to create social and environmental sustainability at the local scale. The emphasis throughout the unit is on case studies from around the world which enable conceptual debates to be grounded in real life examples.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. discuss and appraise the concepts of globalisation and sustainable development
  2. critically assess competing perspectives on how questions of globalisation and sustainability affect real life communities around the world
  3. demonstrate experience-based knowledge of how issues of globalisation and sustainability play out in your own local contexts
  4. integrate broad intellectual debates with everyday situations and examples
  5. demonstrate the ability to undertake desk based research and communicate clearly, in written and oral formats, on issues related to globalisation and sustainable development.
  • Critical Analysis — Critical reading (25%)
  • Online Discussion — Online participation (20%)
  • Research Essay — Research essay (40%)
  • Review — Literature review (15%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1MODULE 1: Critical perspectives on globalisation and sustainable development
3Critical perspectives: globalisation
4Critical perspectives: sustainable development
5Critical perspectives: actors
6MODULE 2: Rethinking globalisation and sustainable development
7Rethinking: economy
8Rethinking: environment
9Rethinking: ourselves
10MODULE 3: Action on globalisation and sustainable development
11Economic action
12- Environmental action
13Activism and resistance
14Summary and reflections

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Interactive Games
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

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This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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