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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP2016 Globalization: Equality and Diversity

20 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Austin Harrington
Email: a.harrington@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least 20 credits at Level 1 from a social science related discipline or the appropriate discovery theme.

This module is mutually exclusive with

GEOG2020Political and Development Geographies

Module replaces

SLSP2015

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will introduce students to the concept of 'globalization' - a key idea in contemporary social science. 'Globalization' will be treated critically, but the module will nevertheless take the 'global' as a starting-point for the analysis of the impact of new (or accelerated) economic, social and cultural processes on diverse populations in different societies. An understanding of the significance of capital flows, new communication technologies and new forms of cultural production is particularly important because these phenomena are held to be at the root of many 'local' responses to global change. The responses themselves are frequently understood as demands for greater 'equality' (within and among different countries) but, increasingly, with the additional expectation that 'diversity' be respected and supported by measures to reduce discrimination and enhance human and citizenship rights among different populations. The final part of the module will consider potential ways forward in terms of the 'governance of the global' - concentrating particularly on ideas of cosmopolitan citizenship and the possible nature of global institutions of governance in a world where concerns about equality and diversity are increasing.

Objectives

This module aims to:
- introduce students to the complex idea of 'Globalization' through the analysis of key inequalities in the developed and developing worlds
- examine the idea of (in)equality as applied within and among different societies
- examine the idea of 'diversity', particularly in relation to perceptions of (in)equality
- assess the ways in which global economic, social and cultural processes impact on (in)equalities and either reinforce or ameliorate social divisions in different societies
- examine 'local' responses to global challenges, particularly in the light of the emergence of new social, political and religious movements, and demands for 'equality and diversity'
- explore the possibilities for 'global citizenship' and 'global governance', and assess their potential in the light of key challenges to greater global equality and the management of diversity.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module students will be able to:
- understand the multiple nature of 'globalization' and the differential impact of global economic, social and cultural processes on diverse populations;
- understand and appreciate how certain (very different) processes - for example, capital flows, information technologies and cultural networks - impact on different societies in different ways;
- understand the complex nature of inequality and diversity as these concepts apply to key national populations and institutions in the developed and developing worlds;
- understand concepts such as 'global/cosmopolitan citizenship' and 'global governance' and utilise them to consider possible strategies for enhancing different forms of equality and rights in socially and culturally diverse societies.

Skills outcomes
The module will help students to develop written and oral presentation skills.

Additionally, students will be expected to make full use of the internet and, particularly in the context of the lecture on new information technologies, they will be expected to use certain websites which support 'mashups'.


Syllabus

Indicative lecture titles:
1. Introduction - Understanding Globalization
2. Equality and Diversity in a global world
3. Understanding inequalities: the impact of capital flows on economically developed and developing societies
4. Understanding inequalities: the uneven spread of new communications technologies
5. Understanding inequalities: cultural production and dimensions of global cultural hegemony
6. Responses to globalization: new social movements
7. Responses to globalization: migration
8. Responses to globalization: religious fundamentalism,
9. Rethinking equality and diversity in a globalized world: cosmopolitan citizenship
10. Rethinking equality and diversity in a globalized world: forms of global governance
11. Revision session.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours179.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Reading for lectures: 44 hours
- Reading for seminars: 55 hours
- Reading/revising for exams: 80 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through seminar attendance, seminar presentations and the quality of the contributions made. Although contributions will not be assessed, students will be required to work intensively on chosen topic areas.

Presentations will be subject to rigorous questioning from both the seminar leader and other seminar members.

Methods of assessment


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Exam with advance information on questions3 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/04/2014

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