Global Issues (L2006N)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

The module will offer you an introduction to a range of contemporary issues in global politics. Each week deals with a different global issue including:

  • development
  • poverty
  • economic sanctions
  • terrorism
  • emerging powers
  • migration
  • environment.

Each year, our themes change to select the latest developments and crises in global politics. Most sessions start with an introduction to the theme followed by class activities. The introduction doesn’t replicate the 'required readings' but expands on, and offers a different view to, these readings and the issues under discussion. Similarly, your presentations don’t 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 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: