Subject details

  • Topics
    • MODULE 1: Critical perspectives on globalisation and sustainable development
    • Introduction
    • Critical perspectives: globalisation
    • Critical perspectives: sustainable development
    • Critical perspectives: actors
    • MODULE 2: Rethinking globalisation and sustainable development
    • Rethinking: economy
    • Rethinking: environment
    • Rethinking: ourselves
    • MODULE 3: Action on globalisation and sustainable development
    • Economic action
    • - Environmental action
    • Activism and resistance
    • Summary and reflections
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • GAME
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links

At the completion of this subject 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 commsubjecties 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Research essay (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Online participation (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Literature review (15%)
  • Assignment 4 - Critical reading (25%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

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 subject 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 subject 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 subject is on case studies from around the world which enable conceptual debates to be grounded in real life examples.

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