Global Issues: Researching the Global (0002F)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

In the autumn term you focussed on 'identity' to assess the different methods and approaches of the global disciplines (geography, anthropology, development and international relations). In this spring term module, you’ll take an interdisciplinary approach to issues in global politics and societies which reflect the research strengths of the School of Global Studies.

You will learn about:

  • global inequalities and modes of injustice along ethnic and regional lines
  • global flows of finance and ideas
  • global transformations, particularly around aspects of development.

The module will present the different ways the four disciplines of the School of Global Studies develop research questions in these three areas, and how they generate theoretical and empirical knowledge and understanding.

The module will serve also as an introduction to academic reasoning by introducing you to the construction of academic arguments, and supporting you to develop your own.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Project)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: