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GEOG1004 A Global World

Module Overview

The module aims to introduce students to the broad topic of globalisation. As a team-taught module, specific topics may change with occasional changes to the teaching team. At the time of writing, specific topics include: trade and the global economy (e.g. international trade, classical trade theory, comparative advantage, new trade theory, the new economic geography, and uneven development); firms and workers in the global economy (e.g. talent and jobs, global production chains, knowledge and the creative industries); and cultures of globalisation (e.g. self-identity, non-places, global cities, the nation/state).

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

•To introduce students to the broad topic of globalisation. •To introduce students to explanations of what happens when economies become integrated through trade. •To introduce students to characteristics of the global economy such as global production chains.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Students will become familiar with definitions of and explanations for globalisation.
  • Students will become familiar with theories of international trade.
  • Students will become familiar with patterns of economic activity in the global economy
  • Students will become familiar with how globalisation has implications for identity, sense of place, localities, cities, nation-states, and governance
  • Students will become experienced in discussing these definitions, explanations, theories, patterns, and implications in writing for assessment


Specific topics change from year to year, but the following list is indicative: Defining and Explaining Globalisation The Rise of International Trade Classical Trade Theory David Ricardo and Comparative Advantage The Neoclassical Model New Trade Theory and the New Economic Geography Trade and Uneven Development People and ‘Talent’ The Case of Independent Musicians Global Production Chains Jobs and Labour The Case of Fashion Production and Retailing Ideas and Knowledge The Case of the Creative Industries Sense of Self Non-Places Global Cities Nation/States Sense of Responsibility

Special Features

There are no special features applicable

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, in-class exercises, recommended reading

Independent Study128
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Books and journal papers available via the University of Southampton library. 


Assessment Strategy

The Exam will be in the form of 2 essays in 2 hours


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite of GEOG2008, GEOG2034 and GEOG3049

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