Global Issues (L2006N)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

The module aims to offer an introduction to a range of contemporary issues in global politics. Each week deals with a different global issue (e.g. development, poverty, economic sanctions, terrorism, emerging powers, migration, environment etc). The exact themes vary each year to cover the latest developments and crises in global politics. Most sessions start with an introduction to the theme by the module convenor and are followed by class activities (group discussion, presentations, debates, simulation games etc). The introduction by the convenor does not replicate the 'required readings', but expands or offers a different view to these readings and the issues under discussion. Similarly, student presentations do not focus on required readings but aim to cover contemporary 'case-studies' related to the themes under discussion.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Group presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: