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IFYP0004 Global Society

Module Overview

In this module students examine various aspects of globalisation and the effects of this phenomenon on the cultural, economic, political and social life. Students explore how globalisation is changing the world they are living in and build on their studies of contemporary Britain to give them a base of ‘general knowledge' about current global issues for their undergraduate studies.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• introduce you to some key issues and concepts in the world today • examine the roles the EU and other countries play in the world • show you how some key institutions affect world citizens • encourage you to think about your own country in relation to other countries

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the organisation of some key institutions in the world
  • the importance of these institutions for society
  • the role various countries play in this global society
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • work effectively in a team
  • prepare and deliver oral contributions
  • plan and organise your own learning schedule
  • research and produce a project
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate evidence and discussion
  • present reasoned and structured arguments, both orally and in written form
  • extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources
  • organise your study time effectively


In this module you will build on your study of British social, cultural and political institutions. You will be introduced to the concept of globalisation and the Global Society. You will look at various aspects of globalisation and the effects of this phenomenon on cultural, economic, political and social life worldwide. Topics, such as the Role of International Organisations (the EU, the UN), Health, the Environment, Technology, Transport and Communication, Financial Institutions and Emerging Economies, Aid to Developing Countries, and International Relations will be discussed.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching Methods Include:- • seminars • group work • lectures Learning Activities Include:- • individual study • group work and pair work • preparing and delivering presentations • discussions in small groups • working on a project • accessing online resources

Independent Study114
Total study time150


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback ? guidance on oral presentations ? discussion of written assignments (in advance and after completion) ? preparation for exam Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes:- Your knowledge and understanding of issues, concepts and structures facing globalisation today will develop through participation in the seminars and through research work for your project and group presentation. Knowledge and understanding will also be developed through your attendance at lectures and your independent study. It will be assessed through the project and through the presentation, and in an exam.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1500 words) 40%
Examination  (2 hours) 40%
Group presentation  (10 minutes) 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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