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IFYP0014 Global Society

Module Overview

Global Society is a content-based interdisciplinary module which introduces you to contemporary world issues. You will explore a wide range of concepts, trends and problems which impact upon global society today including, but not limited to, global economics, the role of international organisations, the effects of globalisation, international aid, health, education and human rights. You will be encouraged to consider your own country in relation to others and their chosen academic disciplines in the context of these themes. The module will encourage the students to think of yourself as a ‘global citizen’ who is preparing to study at an outward-looking university with an international focus.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the work and influence of some key institutions in the world
  • a range of important issues in contemporary global society; for example, climate change, migration and terrorism.
  • current global events and news
  • the diverse roles various countries play in contemporary global society
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
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 Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • This module is intended to prepare you for your undergraduate programme in two ways. Firstly, you will improve your knowledge of a range of current topics which will provide you with valuable background knowledge for your future academic a career. Secondly the lectures, seminars and assessment tasks will allow you to practice and develop the English language and the academic skills you are learning in the other core modules of the IFY programme; IFYP0001 English for Academic Study and Critical Thinking and Research Skills IFYP0002.


This module introduces you to a range of key concepts such as capitalism, trade, globalisation, human rights and international aid, as well as the international organisations which monitor, maintain and control the ways in which global society is structured. Alongside this, the module examines a number of today’s ‘big’ issues including climate change, world poverty, health, education, migration and global security. Using a range of teaching methods and media, the module aims to draw connections between these multiple themes in order to encourage a better understanding of the complexities of today’s modern world. The syllabus content will be adapted and updated to include any important current economic, political and social themes.

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 Study228
Total study time300


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 the issues, concepts and structures affecting globalisation today will develop through; • participation in the lectures and seminars • through research work for your essays and group projects • your independent study.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 15%
Group project 30%
Group project 35%
Reflective log 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%
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