School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Sociology of Globalisation (Aut) (L4080A)

Sociology of Globalisation (Aut)

Module L4080A

Module details for 2014/15.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module looks at the social, cultural, political and economic aspects of globalisation. The module will examine the meaning and definition of globalisation and its history since premodern times to the present day. It will assess perspectives on globalisation from globalist to sceptical and at the critical theories of sociologists such as Bauman and Bourdieu. It will examine the growth of global media corporations and discuss whether these impose western cultural imperialism or if global culture is more heterogenous and hybrid because of globalisation. We will look at causes and patterns of migration and whether migration has the negative effects it is often portrayed as producing. The module will examine the experience of globalisation in global cities. We will assess whether the world economy has been globalised and globalisation is a solution to global inequality and poverty. The module will examine whether globalisation has eroded national democracy and autonomy and whether it leads to neoliberal policies being imposed on nation-states. We will discuss global social movements and global protest. We will assess the balance of global power between states such as the USA and China and at the future of war and conflict globally.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of sociological and other perspectives on types of globalisation

Demonstrate an awareness of globalisation in sociological analysis

Assimilate and evaluate evidence from studies of globalisation which is relevant to the sociology of globalisation

Critically explore debates about the sociology of globalisation

Make approriate use of empirical data and theoretical work to produce coherent and detailed written work for an academic audience

TypeTimingWeighting
Unseen ExaminationMid Year Assessment50.00%
Coursework50.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayXvac Week 1 100.00%
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Autumn TeachingLecture1 hour111110111111
Autumn TeachingSeminar1 hour111110111111

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