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RESM6014 An interdisciplinary view of Global Economies and Business Innovation

Module Overview

This module will cover different topics of interest for social scientists working on the intersection between economics, management and business studies, social statistics, political sciences and human geography. The module is designed in such a way that encourages the interaction between lecturers and students. The module will consist of innovative sessions that can comprise seminars given by academic experts on the different disciplines, guest lectures delivered by academics and practitioners and reading groups organized by students to discuss themes within the cluster pathway. The focus on this module is on the interdisciplinary character of the themes that will be analysed from different perspectives.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The focus on this module is on the interdisciplinary character of the themes that will be analysed from different perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Examine the importance of topics in the Global Economies and Business Innovation cluster pathway from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Identify problems of interest in these areas that can lead to important research projects from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Determine the role of a researcher with an interdisciplinary academic background on problem solving in these areas
  • Explain the links and interrelations between the different areas defining the cluster pathway
  • Propose imaginative solutions to problems encountered in the interdisciplinary analysis of the above topics using quantitative and qualitative research methods developed in the different academic disciplines


This syllabus is an introduction to the substantive concepts of economics, management and business studies, political science, social statistics and human geography. The module is structured from an interdisciplinary perspective with an emphasis on understanding the importance of each discipline within a broader context. The sessions will comprise seminar presentations, workshops organized around specific themes within the cluster, guest lectures by practitioners and academics with expertise on different themes within the cluster pathway. The module will cover topics related to the role of the industry in the digital era, the availability and modelling of big data structures, analysis of economic growth at country and regional levels, development and migration, the study of financial markets. The interaction between the different topics and the suitability of quantitative and qualitative tools for analysing the different interconnected problems will be also object of study as part of the module.

Special Features

This is an interdisciplinary module that combines topics from different disciplines within social sciences. In the longer term, the teaching of this module is expected to be delivered at both University of Southampton and Brighton University. The schedule of the lectures and location will be published well in advance so that students from the SCDTP can plan with sufficient time their travel arrangements between Southampton and Brighton.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching of this module will be a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and reading groups. Students will be provided with a reading list, organized on the basis of individual and group blocks of work. Guest speakers will occasionally give presentations of topics that can be of interest to individuals in the cluster or of major relevance to the scientific community reflected in the cluster pathway. Learning will occur through analysis and discussion of the readings, seminar presentations and contemporary debate. Students will be expected to make themselves aware of the relevant literature shaping the different disciplines and acquire basic competencies on each of the areas comprising the cluster pathway including presentation skills. The pathway coordinators will advise students on the planning of assessments and provide detailed feedback on assessments.

Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Follow-up work10
Completion of assessment task20
Wider reading or practice30
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

General. Seminars and workshops will be offered as part of the regular academic activities of each of the involved departments. There will be also reading groups that will be chaired by the module leader or some other academic with expertise on a specific field. The learning material, when possible, will be made available through Blackboard a few days in advance of the session.



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework Presentation 15%
Essay/report 15%
Group work 40%
Research proposal 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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