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Description

Global Issues

Module titleGlobal Issues
Module codeINT3617
Academic year2021/2
Credits15
Module staff

Theresa Weaver (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

12

12

Number students taking module (anticipated)

30

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module will help you develop a good understanding of the current global issues that affect different aspects of international  life and the content will enhance your ability to relate theory to practice in your other modules.  You will critically analyse a range   of current global issues related to, for example, climate change and the environment, globalization, inequality and poverty, food security, health, technology, gender and society. This module will develop your critical thinking, critical reading and academic writing skills. It will also provide opportunities to improve your performance in seminar participation and delivery of group presentations.

Module aims - intentions of the module

You will gain a good understanding of the current global issues that are affecting different aspects of international life through weekly lectures and seminars. You will develop and apply the important academic skills of critical thinking, critical reading and appropriate academic writing and taking part in seminars. You will have an opportunity to research the impact of a range of contemporary issues on your own countries, comparing this to other parts of the world. You will present your research in a group presentation and an extended piece of writing.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of current global issues
  • 2. Interpret, analyse and evaluate current global issues

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 3. Critically evaluate concepts, arguments, data and cases in selected current global issues
  • 4. Communicate information, ideas, problems, and solutions to both specialists and non-specialist audiences

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 5. Demonstrate ability to research and learn independently and cooperatively
  • 6. Collaborate with others to share ideas, skills and knowledge

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Selected current global issues related to: climate change and the environment, globalization, inequality and poverty, food security, health, technology, gender and society

Learning and teaching

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
72780

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Lectures24Content for module will be delivered in weekly lecture
Set work in preparation for lectures and follow up work in preparation for seminars24Students will be given pre and post lecture activities to complete in preparation for the weekly seminar
Seminar24Teacher led and based on the related lecture and set work for this
Guided Independent Study78Research to inform preparation of assignment and presentations, collaboration and preparation for group work, collaboration and preparation for group work, accessing key resources

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group presentation on a researched global issue5 minutes per person1-6Written feedback
Group assignment1200 words1-6Written and verbal feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group Presentation405 minutes per person1-6Written feedback
Individual Written Report601200 words1-5Written feedback

Re-assessment

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Individual Written ReportIndividual Written Report1-5Next assessment opportunity
Group presentation on a researched global issueWritten reflection on original group work5, 6Next assessment opportunity

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 reassessment’ 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 (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to take a re-sit exam and re-submission. 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.

Resources

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Global issues, current issues, current affairs

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

6

Available as distance learning?

Yes

Origin date

23/03/2021

Last revision date

09/09/2021