International relations

Global Issues, Local Lives: Anthropology, Geography, International Relations and International Development

Module code: 0001F
Level 3 (sub-degree)
30 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module introduces you to ways of understanding the changing world around us, drawing on the disciplines of Anthropology, Geography, International Development and International Relations that make up the School of Global Studies. It also enables you to explore the perspectives that arise from bringing these disciplines into dialogue with each other.

You start by exploring how each discipline helps us understand the impact of borders (in the broadest sense) on the world in which we live.

Next you explore how each discipline differs and overlaps in its approach to the study of identity. The module then provides an overview of the different approaches to issues in global politics and society.

You learn about:

  • global flows of people, finance and policies particularly with respect to health and the environment
  • global transformations of citizenship, social movements, global institutions or patterns of identity and culture
  • global inequalities and modes of injustice along colour, race gender and class lines.

The module presents the different ways the four disciplines of the School of Global Studies develop research questions on these three areas and how they generate theoretical and empirical knowledge and understanding. It also serves as an introduction to academic reasoning by introducing you to the construct of academic arguments and by supporting you to develop your own.

You're taught through lectures and seminars, where you participate in various ways. In seminars you contribute to discussions, in group and individual tasks, and through making presentations on particular topics. In lectures, your participation is more often through active listening and engaging with ideas being presented.

The module is assessed in the Autumn Term via a reading diary in which you document and summarise each week’s essential and additional texts (1,000 words), and in-depth essay-based analysis of one text of your choosing (1,000 words).

In the Spring Term you complete a 2000-word essay and deliver a group case study presentation.

Completing these assessments enables you to develop the skills needed to prepare for university-level literature reviews, participate fully in seminars and conduct and present your own research.

Module learning outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of the contribution that Global Studies disciplines of Anthropology, Geography, International Development and International Relations can make to the study of the world we live in
  • evaluate different approaches to understanding the global issues of our times, being able to define and distinguish between different disciplinary perspectives
  • be proficient in the application of skills and knowledge about global issues to pose and answer questions about how change happens
  • demonstrate the capacity for critical reflection
  • apply what is learnt to developing case study material that illustrates an interdisciplinary perspective, dimension or approach to a global issue