- 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
- Chat Rooms
- Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Leacture capture
- Standard Media
- Web links
- Welcome letter
- Printable format materials
You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
Students must complete Four  subjects at Level 2 before enrolling into this subject.
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.
- Assignment 1 - Presentation (25%)
- Assignment 2 - Essay 1 (35%)
- Assignment 3 - Essay 2 (40%)
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