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Current Global Issues

Module titleCurrent Global Issues
Module codeINT0053
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Yousuf Hindess (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module will introduce students to a wider set of skills and knowledge that will help them with their studies in UK Higher Education. They will explore cross-curricula topics that will provide them with underpinning knowledge on a range of subject areas. Through the study of these topics, students will develop and be able to demonstrate a range of employability skills. Students will have the opportunity to conduct an extended piece of research connected to a topic introduced during the module.

Module aims - intentions of the module

  • This module will provide students with an introduction to a range of topics and events, the study of which, will provide useful underpinning context and knowledge for their wider studies.
  • The module will also enable students to develop a range of key employability skills
  • Students will learn the skills needed to design, plan and complete a research project.
  • Students will share the findings from their research in an exhibition or equivalent event

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate understanding of key events, debates, issues and concepts studied on the module
  • 2. Design, plan and complete a research-based extended written project with all relevant supporting material

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Demonstrate a range of employability skills including communication, IT, self-management, planning and organisation, problem-solving, teamwork
  • 4. Interpret and analyse a range of information beyond mere description
  • 5. Develop an ability to research a topic, extract and synthesise information from a range of sources to further identify, and engage with, key issues within the module's themes
  • 6. Demonstrate an ability to analyse and critically evaluate texts and other forms of information

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. With tutor support, take responsibility for your own learning and work independently
  • 8. Evaluate progress in relation to agreed objectives and to own learning, research, and performance
  • 9. Share your findings with a wider audience

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

A two semester module for all Foundation students. In the first semester, weekly lectures introduce and explore themes such as employability, globalisation, environmental concerns, and corporate crime. This module utilises a range of study methods which typically include lectures, workshops, seminars, and self-study. Seminars ensure that key lecture concepts are understood and offer opportunities to discuss lecture content, text extracts and case studies. The course will enable you to

  • develop and evidence a range of employability skills
  • understand key terms, ideas, and contemporary issues
  • distinguish between fact and opinion, between what is relevant and what is not, and between opposing views based upon conflicting evidence
  • extract and synthesise information and formulate a response
  • practise the skills of independent learning and time management


Topics typically include

  • Environmental issues and their solutions
  • Crime, criminals and corporate crime
  • Social media
  • Identity and society
  • Education

The second semester Research Project develops and assesses your ability to create an extended, research-based project. The project, chosen by the student, will connect to concepts, issues or events studied in semester one. The project may be of an academic, practical or creative nature. Aside from the project, supporting documentation will include a Research Review offering an evidence-based discussion of the concepts and critical context which influenced the project, a Portfolio, including a project log, drafts of written work, a reflective statement, and a complete bibliography.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Lectures, Seminars, E-Learning Activities and Tutorials104Lectures; Group seminars, workshops, tutorials and e-learning activities; Teacher led E-Learning activities; Individual and group tutorials
Guided Independent Study196Research for assignments and project, exam revision, project completion


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Project Plan200 words2, 7-9Written, Tutorial
Research Review500 words1, 4-6Written
Reflective Writing300 words3, 7, 8Written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Project proposal and plan10500 words2, 7Written
Written Project502500 words1, 2, 4-6Written
Individual Portfolio402000 words - Content list provided3, 7, 8Written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written ProjectResubmit written project1,2 4-6ASAP after APAC
Individual PortfolioResubmit portfolio3, 7, 8ASAP after APAC
ExhibitionUpload poster onto ELE9ASAP after APAC

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for reasons judged legitimate by the Mitigation Committee, the applicable assessment will normally be deferred.  See ‘Details of re-assessment’ for the form that assessment usually takes. When deferral occurs there is ordinarily no change to the overall weighting of that assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (ie a final overall mark of less than 40% achieved) you will be required to take a re-sit exam (open book).  Only your performance in this exam will count towards your final module grade.  A grade of 40% will be awarded if the examination is passed.


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Credit value30
Module ECTS


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