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MANG6396 Managing Global Challenges

Module Overview

This module provides a multidisciplinary introduction to the global challenges confronting businesses and societies today. From social class, culture, education and technology, to aging population, migration, health and environment, this module provides a current and topical look at the forces driving globalisation, its governance and business practice while ensuring complex information understandable to all students. It is therefore pertinent for students who wish to develop their role as global citizens.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • The main elements of global challenges including their scope and driving forces.
  • Social problems on a global scale – from inequality to sustainability.
  • The interconnections of the world and the implication of global issues on businesses.
  • Global challenges as opportunities for social business model innovation.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Synthesise material from a wide range of sources in order to produce a comprehensive understanding of a multi-faceted issue in a global context.
  • Analyse global challenge as an interconnected system across different dimensions of the international environment.
  • Develop entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges through social business model innovation.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate a complex topic in a way that is understandable to a wide audience.
  • Work independently demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time-management.
  • Collaborate with others and contribute effectively to the achievement of common goals.
  • Develop global citizenship, awareness and perspective.


The topics covered in this module will include: Week 1 Global Challenges: An Introduction Week 2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Social Business Model Week 3 International business environment Week 4 Preserving Cultural Diversity Week 5 Class: Global Inequality and Poverty Week 6 Education: Global Access and Success Week 7 Technology: Prometheus’ Fire or Pandora’s Box? Week 8 Health: The Globalization of Disease Week 9 Population and Migration Week 10 Urbanisation: Cities without Limits Week 11 Ecology: How Much Can One Planet Take? Week 12 Conclusion

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will be taught in Semester 2 via a series of lectures taught by experts in the specific topic areas to provide you with essential background knowledge about global challenges and business solutions. The lectures will make use of illustrations, research findings, international reports and business examples to communicate the key issues associated with each topic. You will be expected to carry out directed reading and independent research before attending the lectures. In-class interactive activities, such as problem-solving activities, debate and discussions will provide opportunities for you to stimulate system thinking, global awareness and problem solving to get a better understanding of the global business environment and challenges entrepreneurs would face. You will also be required to work in groups on assessments designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the subject area; this group work activity will support peer-to-peer learning.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Sernau, S. (2014). Global Problems: The Search for Equity, Peace, and Sustainability. 

Morrison, J.  (2017). The Global Business Environment: Challenges and . 



MethodPercentage contribution
Group report  ( words) 30%
Individual Coursework  ( words) 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report  ( words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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