Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of non-Western traditions on contemporary non-Western societies;
  • Use the concept of ‘multiple modernities’ to critically differentiate between and evaluate current understandings of globalisation;
  • Identify and analyse the diversity of social, cultural and political dynamics transforming the contemporary world;
  • Identify and analyse the modern components of religious fundamentalisms.
    • Theories of globalisation, modernisation and multiple modernities
    • Social, cultural and political dynamics in the contemporary world
    • Case studies eg Japan, China, India, Islamic Societies, The US and the West
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Wikis
    • Print materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SWI-PSS305


Students must complete four subjects at Level 2 before enrolling into this subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

Abandoning Eurocentric perspectives, this subject draws on experiences and perspectives from the ‘periphery’ to analyse global social dynamics. Delving into the past, we identify diverse cultural legacies shaping the present and the future. We ask: Is modernisation the same thing as Westernisation? How thoroughgoing is individualism in the new China, and what can we learn from Chinese environmentalists? Is religious fundamentalism an attempt to return to the past? What has Islamic State got to do with modernity? How can we explain attitudes to gun control and health insurance in the US?

Please note: assessment values are indicative only: details will be advised at the start of the subject.

  • Presentation (25%)
  • Essay 1 (35%)
  • Essay 2 (40%)

Textbook information is pending.

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