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Subject details

  • Topics
    • 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
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Wikis
    • Print Materials
      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of non-Western traditions on contemporary non-Western societies
  2. Use the concept of ‘multiple modernities’ to critically differentiate between and evaluate current understandings of globalisation
  3. Identify and analyse the diversity of social, cultural and political dynamics transforming the contemporary world
  4. Identify and analyse the modern components of religious fundamentalisms.
  • 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

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • SWI-PSS305

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.

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