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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). Pre-requisite GEOG2008

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

•To introduce students to the broad topic of globalisation. •To introduce students to characteristics of the global economy such as global production chains. •To introduce students to the political and cultural effects of globalisation.

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 patterns of economic activity in the global economy.
  • Students will become familiar with how the nature of work is evolving in the global economy.
  • Students will develop an understanding of how globalization has varying consequences for different types of places and spaces.
  • Students will be able to critically analyse theory and empirical examples by reflecting on experiences as students, workers and consumers.
  • Students will be able to marshal and retrieve data from library and internet resources.


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

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